This summer Swan Creek Park will be the location for new kids mountain bike camps hosted by Metro Parks Tacoma and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance.
Registration for July 20-23 camp closes July 16. Registration for the Aug. 3-6 camp is open until July 30. The four-day sessions offer six hours of instruction each day and cost $280. Partial financial aid is available through Metro Parks headquarters and the Portland Avenue Community Center
Children ages 9 to 13 are invited to participate in the four-day camps under the guidance of trained instructors from the nonprofit bike alliance, the state’s largest mountain bike organization.$280. The camps are open to children ages 9-13.
Tacoma’s Swan Creek mountain bike park opened in March 2014 with trails built by volunteers. The trails wind through a 50-acre patch Douglas firs. More trails are in the works.
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In a statement released by Metro Parks, Evergreen’s Mike Sidwell said the summer camp program at Swan Creek follows a model pioneered at King County’s Duthie Hill Park.
Sessions are limited to 25 riders who must provide their own bicycles, helmets and other safety gear. The goal of the camps is to teach kids how to maneuver quickly and safely through rough terrain. Lessons include how and when to shift gears and brake, how to fix flats and, for those who are ready, how to do some tricks. The program also stresses the importance of park stewardship and conservation.
The program is designed to accommodate riders of various skill levels. Metro Parks Tacoma provides partial financial aid to low-income Tacoma residents, whose requests are processed at Metro Parks headquarters and the Portland Avenue Community Center.
Metro Parks also offers other mountain bike skill clinics including some for riders 18 and older.
For more information on the camps visit metroparkstacoma.org/outdoor.