Saanich Parks seeks input on new youth bike park

April 19, 2021

News release

For immediate release

Saanich Parks seeks input on new youth bike park

Saanich, BC –Saanich Parks launched a virtual open house and a survey today to seek input about three concept plans for the new youth bike park.  

There’s a strong demand for outdoor youth recreation facilities in Saanich and I’m thrilled that youth in our community will soon have a new space to hone their bike skills and foster healthy lifestyle habits,” said Councillor and Parks, Trails and Recreation Advisory Committee Chair Judy Brownoff. “We’re asking for input on the proposed concept plans and elements to ensure we include the features that park users of all ages and abilities really want.”

Bike parks are specifically designed for mountain bike and BMX riders to develop and practice riding skills in a structured and safe environment. They are accessible to riders from beginner to expert level and may feature pump tracks, skills courses, jumps, trails and other elements.  Bike parks are a family friendly environment and provide access to a free outdoor recreation amenity.

The virtual open house showcases the proposed concepts plans and provides information to address concerns raised by the community during the preliminary public engagement. The online survey is open until May 10, 2021.

In addition to the information online, presentation panels are posted on the corner of Willow and Lochside near the future park. Please remember to maintain physical distancing when viewing the plans in person.

The new youth bike park will be located at the north end of the George Tripp Substation between Borden Street and Lochside Drive. Following a review of public input, construction is set to begin in June. The park is expected to be open and ready for use in Summer 2021.

Quick facts

  • Council approved funding in the 2019 to 2023 Financial Plan for the development of a youth bike skills park.
  • In early 2021, Saanich issued a contract to Bike Track for $242,000 to work with staff on the park design and construction.
  • The new youth bike park builds on the Youth Development Strategy approved in 2015.
  • Saanich leased the property from BC Hydro in 2020.
  • The lease agreement with BC Hydro allows Saanich use of the one acre property for $1.00 to be renewed every five years.
  • Ongoing maintenance will be funded through Parks operating budgets.
  • The project was delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more

Visit and click on Park Projects and then Tripp Station to view the virtual open house and take the survey. If you still have questions after reviewing all of the information, please contact Saanich Parks at or 250-475-5522 to set up an appointment for a phone conversation with staff.


Media contact:
Gary Darrah
Manager Park Planning and Development