Bike Skills Features at Syringa and Bellevue Parks

Syringa and Bellevue Bike Skills Parks Project Updates

April, 2019 Project update (pdf)

Parks and Recreation will send periodic project updates via email from the "Notify Me" module on the City of Missoula website. Sign up here: Upper Rattlesnake or Southgate Triangle. Please email Parks and Recreation if you need assistance registering for the email updates. Updates will also be posted at right.

For more information about either project, please see the links at right, email Parks and Trails Design/Development Manager Neil Miner, or give us a call at 721-PARK (7275.)

Citizen advocacy groups, including Missoula Bike Parks, Friends of Missoula Parks and the We Ride for Tanner Foundation continue to raise funds for the bike skills components of Syringa and Bellevue parks. To date, nearly $100,000 has been privately raised or pledged for the project.

Bike parks slated to open mid-summer, remain closed during construction

Syringa and Bellevue bike skills parks are still under construction, and will remain closed until mid-summer. Residents are asked to respect the closure and stay out of the parks while grasses and landscaping take root and become established. 

The newly planted grasses, trees and shrubs will prevent erosion and topsoil loss, and create a green and welcoming space for all users and adjacent neighbors.  Biking or walking on the plants before they are well-established will permanently damage them and could kill them.

The projected opening date for the parks is no later than July 1. Some construction is still underway, and after an unusually long and snowy winter, local soil is warming quite slowly and landscaping plants are delayed in starting their spring growth cycle. The parks' landscaping is a crucial component of dust mitigation, soil stability and site compatibility for adjacent neighbors.

Parks and Recreation would like to thank residents for their cooperation and patience while the new parks are completed.  For more information, email parksrec@ci.missoula.mt.us.

Fundraising continues by Missoula Bike Parks for additional bike skills features at both parks, including a progressive jump line feature at Syringa Park. 

Learn more (PDF) about the project.

Syringa Park Master Plan

Syringa Park, an undeveloped County park in the upper Rattlesnake, may soon be home to a "pump track", a few "jump lines" and even some "slopestyle" features, according to the new master park plan (PDF) adopted by the Missoula Parks and Recreation Board in October, 2016. The park has been designed as a bike park, which includes topographical and man-made elements specifically designed for off-road or mountain biking. Syringa Park is located at 1465 Lower Lincoln Hills Dr.

The master plan was developed with neighborhood residents and the cycling community through an extensive public process and approved by the Park Board. Parks planning staff also consulted with the International Mountain Biking Association's Trail Solutions Program to help design the park's bike skills elements. The plan includes features for beginning to advanced cyclists of all ages, a shade shelter with picnic tables and walking paths.

Other park highlights include:

  • A progressive bike skills layout which allows riders to progress through the park, with easy-to-access beginner features moving outward toward more challenging features.
  • A beginner's pump track, a continuous loop of hills and berms which allows cyclists to perfect their riding skills.
  • A progressive jump zone for mountain bike and BMX riders of all skill levels.
  • Intermediate and advanced jump lines to provide non-linear, varied options and routes for riders.
  • A bicycle work station with basic bike repair tools available for public use.
  • A perimeter walking path, landscaping and water fountain. Several restroom options are addressed in the plan.

The master park plan provides a basis for possible funding allocations from various sources, including City impact fees, federal Land and Water Conservation Funds, state Recreation Trails Program and the City's Capital Improvement Program.

Park construction is projected to cost between $322,000 to $385,000, depending on selected design options. Parks and Recreation will continue to pursue funding for the project. The budget is outlined in the Master Park Plan and Narrative below.

Missoula Parks and Recreation uses a master planning process throughout the park system. Park master plans define a long-term, sustainable vision for parks by helping to identify best uses for a specific site, make the most of limited resources and protect the environment.

Master Park Plan and Narrative (PDF)

International Mountain Biking Association Concept Report (PDF)

We Ride For Tanner Foundation

Tanner Olson Memorial BMX Park on Facebook

International Mountain Biking Association

Bike Skills Park Planned At Bellevue Park
Parks and Recreation, along with Missoula County Parks, Trails and Open Lands, began a public process in November, 2015 to design mountain bike skills courses in Syringa and Bellevue parks. As noted above, a Master Park Plan for Syringa Park was adopted in October, 2015.

Parks planners have designed a draft bike skills park plan for Bellevue Park, located at 3925 Paxson Street Friends of Missoula Parks and the We Ride for Tanner Foundation continue to raise funds for the bike skills components of Syringa and Bellevue parks. The Bellevue master park plan will be implemented as funding becomes available.

Bellevue Bike Park Site Plan (PDF)

Syringa-Bellevue Open House Presentation (PDF), March, 2016