Bicyclists take Carpentersville park for a spin
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media August 18, 2013 5:04PM
Updated: September 20, 2013 6:27AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Carpentersville’s Andres Bike Park was busier than usual Sunday, as dozens of riders from near and far came for the Pivot Bikes Demo Day event.
Hosted by Andres Bike Park and Mainstreet Bikes of Carpentersville, the afternoon included food, drinks, giveaways, raffles, and new Pivot Bikes to test ride.
Aaron Stephens of Bartlett came out with his son, AJ, 4.
Stephens is a member of the Chicago Area Mountain Bikers (CAMBr) volunteer organization that is developing Keith Andres Park into a 25-acre bike park dedicated to family-friendly active recreation. The father of four sons, all who like to ride, he said AJ often accompanies him to the park.
“He loves coming here and riding,” Stephens said.
The park has become a popular draw for the community.
“This couldn’t be cooler,” Stephens said. “We have about 20 or 30 local kids coming out and helping with the trails.”
Jeff Provisor, owner of Main Street Bicycles, said he carries the Pivot bikes in his shop.
“Pivot makes some of the nicest mountain bikes ever made — and I thought, what better way to show off the bikes than in a real bike park setting,” he said. “Then CAMBr decided to make (this event) even more awesome.”
He said area kids were lined up for the event at 9 a.m., two hours before it began.
“The bike park is getting a lot more exposure,” Provisor said.
Mac Murphy of Lake Bluff visited Andres Bike Park for the first time Sunday.
“I like to do a lot of riding, and I figured (this event) was something fun to do,” he said.
East Dundee residents Rick and Lisa Dibenedetto brought their son, Bradyn, 3, to the event.
Rick Dibenedetto is also a volunteer, and Bradyn has accompanied him many times.
“He’s here digging with us, suffering through the mosquitoes and heat,” he said.
He said the bike park was a needed amenity for Carpentersville.
“It has everything,” he said. “The trails and jumps. There’s something for everybody.”
CAMBr has spent nearly $10,000 on the park’s design to date and is raising additional funds to complete the construction documents and begin building sections of the park. The overall projected cost is $250,000.
In the future, Andres Bike park will contain features to support both beginner and advanced riders, including skills areas, gravity jump lines, downhill style trails, pump track areas, and flow trails.
The timeline for the project is three years.
More information about the Andres Park project is at www.andrespark.org/.