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Frisco should squeeze the brakes on cycling speed ramp

Frisco should squeeze the brakes on cycling speed ramp

While renderings shown at the Oct. 19 meeting featured a $2.43 million, 100-foot tower, Frisco Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Coates said the actual feature…

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While renderings shown at the Oct. 19 meeting featured a $2.43 million, 100-foot tower, Frisco Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Coates said the actual feature at the new 164-acre Northwest Community Park will be scaled down in size and cost.(City of Frisco ) Reading about a proposal to install a 40-foot-tall bike tower in Frisco, we’re reminded of long-forgotten plans for whitewater rafting on the Trinity. Fun idea; should probably stay on the drawing board.

The idea is to build a giant spiral ramp at Northwest Community Park that would allow cyclists to descend at speed and shoot out onto various mountain bike trails. The Frisco Parks and Recreation Department is proposing a $24.5 million upgrade to the 164-acre park east of Teel Parkway, near the PGA Frisco headquarters. City officials can’t say how much of that will be for the tower.

“It will become a facility where you, as a beginner — or a child as a beginner — could go out there and learn to bike, and then progressively continue to move throughout the park and throughout the system as you get better and better at it,” parks and recreation Director Shannon Coates told the Frisco City Council at a work session in October.

Maybe. But a lot of road rash and a few broken bones are probably in the works, too. Artist renderings of the tower, which are not final, Coates emphasized, portray a giant orange, twisting doom loop. If it were operated by a private company, waivers would […]

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