Free-ride park could get its start this summer |

Free-ride park could get its start this summer

BRECKENRIDGE – Danica Rice is on a mission to find land.

The Breckenridge Open Space and Trails planner is looking for land for a Frisbee golf course, while simultaneously seeking a place for a free-ride trail and trials park.

Free-riding is a bicycle-oriented sport that began in Western Canada and involves riders doing stunts on narrow planks of wood that are sometimes several feet off the ground. One of the most famous free-ride parks is in Whistler, British Columbia, and designers throughout the world copy elements and rules of that facility when building parks of their own.

Rice, who hails from Canada, has worked for the past year to put a free-ride program in place in Breckenridge before some other municipality or resort runs with the idea.

“Even if we start just a little this year, next year will be better,” Rice said. “It’s just a matter of getting the ball going.”

Potential sites include stretches along the Peabody Placer in the Swan River drainage northwest of Breckenridge or south of Valley Brook. Trails typically meander throughout the forest, but stunt parks can be much smaller – even just the size of a picnic table or a few rocks in a river.

Rice said volunteers would help build the park, and because stunt elements often comprise little more than rocks and stumps, the cost to build a small park could be as little as $500.

“We’d want to build relatively easy stunts to start out with so people can learn,” she said. “But we want to incorporate Whistler standards and guidelines to make sure it’s safe.”

Rice hopes to hold demonstrations this year to introduce more people to the sport.

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