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‘Bike playground’ at Keene Creek will include beginner features, expert jump lines

'Bike playground' at Keene Creek will include beginner features, expert jump lines

Ryan Olson talks Wednesday about the bicycle playground planned for the portion of Keene Creek Park to his left. DULUTH — Bikers wanting to launch…

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Ryan Olson talks Wednesday about the bicycle playground planned for the portion of Keene Creek Park to his left. DULUTH — Bikers wanting to launch themselves off dirt jumps have long taken it upon themselves to build their own jumps, often illegally, on city property.

But later this year, an overgrown area in West Duluth’s Keene Creek Park, tucked along the creek and under Interstate 35, will have legal dirt jumps, the first stage of that area of the park becoming a “bike playground” that includes mountain bike challenges, features and jumps to help riders develop or refine riding skills.

That’s where Ryan Olson, a dirt jumper and volunteer for Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, or COGGS, started site prep last fall. He’s waiting for the snow to melt and the ground to thaw and dry so he and others can start building jumps. The goal is to have some open later this year.

For Olson, who grew up riding BMX bikes at skateparks and making dirt jumps around town, and other riders like him, the park provide a designated place where they can build and maintain the jumps — legally. Ryan Olson “With dirt jumps, you constantly have to have people intertwined into the community wanting to maintain them, to ride them and stuff like that … when (COGGS) reached out to us, it was trying to get the communities’ insight into it and help to maintain them,” Olson said. “That way it will survive and not just be something that […]

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