From Reston’s man-made lake to Holland’s charming new mini golf course, there have been no shortage of stories in recent years of Southern Manitoba communities punching above their weight in developing great attractions for residents and visitors alike.
The latest case for not having to go very far from home to enjoy the best the great outdoors have to offer comes from the Town of Neepawa, which in late August opened the bike trail portion of its elaborate new Multi-Use Trail Park.
Complete with all the jumps, rock drops, curved wall rides and boardwalks that cyclists from beginner to advanced can handle, the space in total features 5.1km of bike trail within a parcel of land on the Northeast edge of town.
On a family visit this week I was able to capture a series of 360 degree panorama as well as still photos to give a look at the scale of the project with it now being open for use. You can use the interactive image below to have a look around, clicking on the white arrows to jump to another perspective within the 40 acre site:
Click/tap and drag within the image to have a look around. Click on the white arrows to jump to the next scene in the tour or return to the previous scene. More still images can be found in a gallery the bottom of this post!
While the park is setup in a way that it accommodates folks of varying skillets, it's built to a level where it is expected to host races and provincial-level competitions over time. It’s asked that visitors to the bike trails use a helmet, be aware of trail conditions and be mindful of the varying levels of difficulty attributed to runs. Markers throughout the site attribute levels from “Easy” to “Double Black Diamond” depending on skill level required. More details on levels have been included in a recent social media post by the town.
Alongside the razzle dazzle of the cycling portion of the space are walking trails that provide plenty of opportunity to connect with Mother Nature on foot.
Landscaping work continues at the location with future development into 2021 to add to the four-season multi-use park. Plans also include outdoor classroom space, picnic areas, a natural playground as well as winter activities such as tobogganing, snowshoeing, fat biking and cross country skiing.
The park is located North of Hurrell Road just North of the town’s lagoon. Google Maps is already wise to the location on a search for “Neepawa bike park.” Exact co-ordinates are (50°14'31.6"N 99°26'48.3"W).
As one of the recreational space’s main sponsors, HyLife Foods has obtained naming rights with a moniker to be released at a Grand Opening to be held in the weeks ahead.