As some of you may have heard, OMBA has been advocating for a bike park in Ottawa. This has been a long process involving the creation of a proposal for the City and extensive consultation with them to determine an appropriate location, and plan the development and maintenance of this type of facility.
Our vision is to develop a bike park with a pump-track, skills area, dirt jumps, and trails designed for riders of all levels that is centrally located within the city and accessible to all free of charge. The features would not only be fun and safe but also aesthetically pleasing and built using sustainable, environmentally conscious practices.
After considering a number of potential sites, OMBA and the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City concluded that Carlington Park would be ideal for this project.
This year Parks & Recreation and Councillor Brockington (of River Ward) have expressed interest in moving forward with the project depending on public interest. Because Carlington Park is such a valuable resource to the communities that surround it, OMBA was invited to present the proposal to the Carlington Community Association (CCA) at a couple of their meetings. Our goal was to tell members of the community about our vision for the park, answer questions and begin public consultation.
The presentation slides can be viewed here.
The CCA board of directors is looking for feedback from the community before formalizing a stance on the proposal at their AGM on May 25th.
If you are a resident of that area or a member of the CCA, please let them know how you feel about this proposal by:
mail: Carlington Community Association
c/o Alexander Community Centre
960 Silver Street,
Ottawa, ON K1Z 6H5
If you would like to contact OMBA about this proposal you can email us at