Whitianga Bike park becoming more and more popular

08 Jun 2021

Coromandel Area School is one of many organisations and community groups making use of the facilities at the Whitianga Bike Park. The past two weeks has seen more than 40 CAS students enjoying the mountain bike tracks at the park.

“We’re not just a bike park,” says Jon Maude, park manager. “In addition to our mountain bike tracks, we have a BMX track, picnic area and several outdoor games. We’re seeing more and more people using the park for things like birthday parties and simply to enjoy the natural environment we have on offer.

“Several emergency groups are using the park for training exercises and Mercury Bay Area School is maintaining a trapline for us. One of our newest additions is a stage that will allow outdoor concerts to be held at the park.

“One of the amazing things is that the donations we receive from the community have tripled from only a few years ago.”

CAS teacher, Chris Long, says they’ve been bringing students to the park for the past three years. “It’s an awesome facility that we use to prepare our students for riding the single mountain bike tracks at some of the bigger parks in Aotearoa. Our outdoor education programmes have rocketed in popularity and mountain biking is one of our students’ favourite activities. This year, our students are excited to be visiting Taupo’s Craters of the Moon, Te Miro and Rotorua's Whakarewarewa Mountain Bike Parks.”

Pictured: Some of the CAS students who visited the Whitianga Bike Park on Wednesday last week.