The bike park would cover 2.3 acres on the former baseball field behind the North playground. An abutting location was originally proposed and approved but the commission later requested that it be moved South.
During the Parks Commission meeting, he said the city solicitor had made the determination that the bike skills course is not a violation of use for the park and backed the Conservation Commission's ruling that it poses no environmental risks from a conservation standpoint.
The Parks Commission on Tuesday unanimously accepted and endorsed a draft action plan to address overnight camping in the parks under its commission policy. This policy addresses the influx of homeless individuals who began seeking shelter most popularly at Springside Park in the summer of 2020.
After being prompted to pause the Springside Park pump track and bike skills facility project until in-person meetings can resume, the Parks Commission unanimously voted to continue with the process and encouraged additional public input.
On Tuesday evening, the commission approved the location and concept for a bike skills track at Springside Park subject to additional public input. Due to project timelines, this was a special meeting called outside of the commission's usual meeting times.
Alison McGee, president of the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association and program lead for the Little Bellas Berkshire Program, pitched the project to the commission last month.