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The History and Making of a Community Bicycle Playground!

The FIRST-EVER GBPark Trail Build in Aug 2013!

Getting to the very grass ROOTS of Gators history with the first-ever pics taken at the park!
The FIRST-EVER trail riding taking place at Gators Bike Park in 2013!

AND THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH WAS THERE TO COVER IT!

Gators Bike Park was a result of the successful bike programs at Granby Elementary!

Bike Club focused on learning bike skills, riding safely, getting exercise and having FUN!

Gators Bike Park's Grand Opening is held in November of 2013 by holding it's first of many bike events!

PRINCIPAL SCHLAEGEL CUTS THROUGH THE GRAND OPENING RIBBON WITH... A BIKE!!!

The birth of Gators Bike Park education programs takes off shortly after opening with balance bike clubs and riding recess programs!

Students who participate in the week-long Riding Recess program start each session with skills and drills that can be applied in the trail.

AND... Gators Bike Park continues to make the news!

GBPark adopts the "Build, Ride, & Maintain" philosophy

We strive to put shovels in the hands of the kids who ride our trails, instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment!

The creation of Gators Bike Park TRAIL CREW comes to life!

Die Hard volunteers are the heart and soul of our trail system!

And ya never know what you may see on a GBP Trail Day!

CENTRAL OHIO MOUNTAIN BIKE ORGANIZATION has always been quick to lend a hand at our trail days!

It's hard to beat seeing families working on the trail side-by-side!!!

GBP partnered up with Green Apple to build a rain garden to help with the flooding problem the park has dealt with from day one!

A Bike Bridge build, led by the Rogers family and a partnership with Columbus Recs & Park, led to additional land for trail building and more than doubled the size of the bike park!

Rizek Construction agreed to head up the flow trail wood berms project, sharing their knowledge and resources to Gators Bike Park!

GATORS BIKE PARK EVENTS!

A CELEBRATION OF KIDS ON BIKES!

BIKE FEST!

STRIDER FAST LAPS!

IMBA's "TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY"

And the demand for MORE biking opportunities continued!!!

Thus, the creation of:

GBP MTB Kidz Race Team

For kids of ALL ages, from ALL districts, for ALL skill levels!!!

Practice Sessions held at GBP, Gnomewood, and Alum Creek

PRACTICE SESSIONS OFF-SITE AT GNOMEWOOD SKILLS PARK

KID RACES!

GBPark's Swamp Dash Race!

2018 SWAMP DASH RACE START!

Friends, Campouts, Parades, and Team Fun!

Soon after the creation of GBP MTB race team came a mantra that we hung our helmet on:

"STRONG SPOKES support the WHEEL"!

The GATORS BIKE PARK Race Team embrace being a STRONG SPOKE for each other!

A single spoke can't do much on it's own. However, when that spoke works in unison with other spokes, WATCH OUT!

STRONG SPOKES cheer teammates on at the finish line!

STRONG SPOKES give hugs after races!

STRONG SPOKES bond together!

STRONG SPOKES are quick to offer smiles and friendship!

COLUMBUS RECS & PARKS serves as a STRONG SPOKE!

GBP has been blessed by the support from STRONG SPOKES such as Columbus Recs & Park

Building phase 2's flow trail on CRP's land doubled the size of the bike park!

Strong partnerships allow for great trails!

Collaborations continue with the planning of Phase 3: The Dave Andrews' Memorial Pump Track!

COMBO serves as a STRONG SPOKE!

COMBO has been one of our strongest SPOKES from day one!

STRONG SPOKES sharing their expertise on trail build days!

STRONG SPOKES helping course out safe practice routes for kids at Alum Creek!

STRONG SPOKES provide caring, certified Bike Patrol at GBPark events!

WHEELIE FUN BIKE SHOP serves as a STRONG SPOKE!

Since the very beginning, Wheelie Fun Bike Shop has offered donations, sponsorships, coaching, and behind the scenes help that has been invaluable to what we do!

Coach Huey & WFBS continues to give FREE bike checks at our events!

WFBS donates team race plates and water bottles to GBPark!

Where the Gators Bike Park Race Team is, you will find Coach Boo behind the scenes lending a hand!

No matter what we do, we surround ourselves with STRONG SPOKES!

AND ALL THIS IS GOOD, BUT WE'RE NOT DONE...

WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED!

GATORS BIKE PARK Phase 3!!!
Pumptrack discussions began in February of 2014 with the naming committee

A unique collaboration of Worthington City Schools, Columbus Recs & Parks, & TrailGators non-profit have been working for years to make this vision a reality!

The journey has been such a blast thus far, but there is much more to come! We are excited for what the future holds for Gators Bike Park! Keep those wheels in the dirt!

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