North Saanich Freeride Park has big plans in 2015

The Friends of North Saanich Mountain Bike Park Society are welcoming new riders and volunteers to their annual general meeting in April.

Christian Moutinho of Victoria navigates a bumpy path at the North Saanich Freeride Park.

NORTH SAANICH — The Friends of North Saanich Mountain Bike Park Society are welcoming new riders and volunteers to their annual general meeting in April.

This year the society plans to build a viewing deck and install an engineered ramp for riders to jump into a mulch pit. Thousands of volunteer hours and donations from cash to equipment and labour have and continue to go into making this park a successful cardiovascular pump track work out destination for riders of all ages.

To keep it running, the Society says it needs volunteer board members.

The AGM takes place at Panorama Recreation Centre at the arenas. Starting at noon on Saturday, April 4, there will be an airbag event in conjunction with the meeting and a lunch. People can sign in starting at 12 p.m. The AGM takes place afterwards to 1:30 p.m., followed by the airbag event, supplied by Geoff Pendrel and AFD Petroleum, which runs to 3 p.m. Airbag riders need to sign waivers and need to sign up as members of the Freeride Park before taking part.

The Freeride Park, located at 10180 Littlewood Rd., was created in 2004 as the result of Mark Mathews’ inspiration and determination. Mathews will be the guest speaker at the AGM.

The Freeride Park functions as a co-operative between The Friends of North Saanich Mountain Bike Park Society and the District of North Saanich. The society is made up of volunteers, parents and riders.

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