The thing about the proposed bike park at Kitchener's McLennan Park (aka Mount Trashmore) is that from the parking lot, it doesn't look like much of a challenge. In fact, it doesn't even look like much of a hill.
It's different on top. First, you get this fabulous view of the area from what is one of the highest points in the city. Then you start to ride back down, and as you start working the brakes on that downhill leg you realize that with a couple of jumps and some switchbacks in place, this could be a real blast.
Scott Henderson of Planning & Engineering Intiatives Inc. (PEIL) sent me a map of the four parks planned for the hill, which were first shown to the public 10 days ago. They should be completed by fall.
The plans include a parking-lot level "pump track," for the BMXers, a huge course for the 4Xers (aka biker cross or mountain cross), two tracks for a jump park and a free ride course.
If you want to ride up to the top of the hill, you can kind of plot out the routes, with the 4X track swinging out toward the toboggan hill and flanking it. The free ride course will zigzag through the existing poplars, and the jump park will be south of the treeline.
Although work hasn't started on the routes, I wanted to test ride through the weeds. Bad move, considering the thorns and deadfall. I don't recommend it. But there is a mowed path that parallels the free-ride route, and it's worth going up there and wearing down your brakes on the downhill.
Oh, I can foresee the odd broken bone when this is open, but they will be "good" broken bones.
I wish Trashmore could have been a few metres higher, or that the trails didn't have to stop at the service road for the region's gas control building. If those routes could be just a little bit longer...