Informal and impromptu bike skills features have begun springing up throughout the City of Toronto’s natural areas. In Marie Curtis Park the forest contains large specimens of Quercus spp. (Oak),Acer spp. (Maple) and Pinus spp. (Pine) as well as provincially endangered Juglans cinerea (Butternut) tree species. As a resulting design was commissioned by the City of Toronto to aid in developing a bike skills park Master Plan.
The bike skills park was designed to respect and preserve the natural heritage of mature canopy trees present on site. In addition, the plan was developed through a series of public consultations to ensure the skill features and overall design addressed the immediate and surrounding community’s needs for both current and future generations.
Working with a bike skills park designer, thinc’s scope of work included site inventory and analysis, concept design, determination of trail alignment and skills features, master planning and cost estimates organized into a phasing strategy.