To showcase the revamped Castle Rock Bike Park, this coming Saturday, 9/21/13, Growlers Gulch Racing will be throwing a family cookout style blowout! Bring the kids, watch them ride around the park, and eat some hot dogs. What else could a family ask for? How about the reopening of Growlers Gulch, about 10 min away.
A brief background on the park for those who haven’t been:
A little while ago, the city of Castle Rock, WA allowed the development of a family riding park by Growlers Gulch Racing. After a lot of time and money donated by Growlers Gulch Racing, Cyclepath, and several other bike shops, the Castle Rock Bike Park opened to the public!
Kids. Bikes. Cowbells. Free lunch. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Everyone is invited to attend the Bike Park Blowout at the Castle Rock Bike Park on Saturday, September 21st.
“We had more than 350 people at last year’s event,” said Jim LeMonds, who is heading the organization effort. “The volunteers had so much fun that we decided to do it again. This is a family event and we’re hoping to attract people from throughout Washington and Oregon.”
The Bike Park Blowout will feature 15 kids’ challenge stations, with a helmet sticker awarded for each one attempted. Riders who accumulate 15 stickers will receive “Champion” medals, courtesy of Pacific Northwest biking legends Jerry and Andrea de Ruyter.
“We’ll start the kids’ challenge at 10 a.m. and keep things going until around 2,” LeMonds said. North County Recreation Association will barbecue hot dogs for lunch, with Castle Rock Mayor Paul Helenberg one of those working the grill.
The park will be open exclusively to adult riders from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. “They can still hit any of the features throughout the day,” LeMonds said, “but there will be less congestion from 8 until 10.”
LeMonds encouraged non-riders to stop by as well. “If you like seeing kids have fun, I promise that you will leave with a smile on your face.”
LeMonds said that Growlers Gulch Racing (GGR), the group responsible for constructing the park, has added a dozen new features during the past year, with something for riders of all skill levels. GGR has contributed 2,500 hours to the bike park and has utilized recycled materials to the great extent possible.
The bike park is located on Dike Road. Signs will be posted to guide drivers to the site. There is no charge to attend but all riders are encouraged to bring a helmet.
- The park will be open exclusively to adult riders from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- The kids’ challenge begins at 10 a.m. and will go until around 2.
- Food and drinks provided courtesy of Growlers Gulch Racing.
- Please wear a helmet and be safe!
- Take Exit 48 from I-5.
- Head west on Huntington Avenue for approximately one mile.
- When the speed changes to 25, take the first left, then bear left immediately onto Dike Road.
- Go about .5 to .75 miles.
- Bike park is on the left.
See you there!