City eyes shuttered landfill for mountain bike park

By The Associated Press

LEBANON — The slopes of a former municipal landfill could become a park laced with trails for mountain bikes under a proposal that’s in the works in a central Indiana city.

City engineer Kevin Krulik pitched conceptual designs for the project to Lebanon City Council members on Monday, telling them the proposed $500,000 mountain bike park would be geared toward families.

“This is not a Red Bull racing facility. This is not an extreme mountain bike facility. This is very much family-focused, family-friendly,” Krulik said.

The park would be built on a former 110-acre landfill along U.S. 52 in the Boone County city about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis. That city-owned site operated as Lebanon’s landfill until 1984, when it was shuttered and capped.

Lebanon is considering developing the park under a partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported.

Krulik said the proposed sports destination would be the first mountain bike park designed according to the standards of that California-based not-for-profit, which develops mountain bike racing events and training facilities intended for middle and high school riders.

The public-private partnership proposed to develop the park would involve an undetermined sponsor.

City officials have already worked with California-based Hilride Progression Development Group to design a park with beginner and intermediate trails, a skills track, a pump track, a children’s track and more.

Krulik said one of the next steps the city will take is meeting with representatives from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to determine what conditions the city will have to fulfill to reclaim the former landfill.

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