Vanier Park: Rough Around the Edges

Last year domestic and foreign shredders alike were treated to a new public dirt jump park at Vanier park in Vancouver thanks to the hard work of the boys over at Earthramp Bikeparks. It was a great riding season and everyone who had the pleasure of riding Vanier Park dirt jumps were pleased with the results. There’s a variety of jumps catering to a wide audience from the novice, the knee high groms, right up to the ‘pro’.

As you can see from the pic above and the pics below the jumps have made it through winter and are in clear need of some tender loving care. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the dynamics of dirt jumps, this is a fairly typical state for jumps to get into from the repetitive freezing and melting of water within the dirt during the winter months. Dirt is further broken down by the barrage of rain water that falls during these periods and compounds the effects of the frost.

What the layman’s eye probably doesn’t see is that these jumps have fared pretty well thanks to the efforts of the locals who tarp the jumps during the frosty season. With a bout of good weather and some eager hands to provide labour of love, the jumps will be spick and span and ready to ride again.

All the place needs is for people who are eager to ride it to donate their time, even a meager amount to help get the place running again. If you’re not experienced with digging jumps, like myself, you can still chip in. After all, wheel barrows don’t wheel themselves and dirt doesn’t dig itself up. Plus the local boys who dig there are approachable and more than happy to teach you how to build and maintain jumps or just instruct you how to be useful, you only need to ask!

In very little time, with very little effort the renowned ‘Shark Fin’ hip will be in full shreddable form. I don’t know about you lot but, it’s my goal to make it over the Fin at least once this year. So for me, picking up a shovel for a short while is pittance to pay for the pleasure of roasting one over the Shark Fin.

Howard here is a regular at Vanier. You can see him floating around his makeshift pond as you walk into the park. The ripples beside him is the last remaining evidence of the last kid who never gave anything back to his local trails. You may not contribute this year and you might sneak a few runs passed all of us but Howard sees all and he judges you. You’ve been warned!

As Howard always says “Many hands make light work!”.

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