Plan Commission Approves Bike and Ski Park Concept

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Cameron Bren

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Plan Commission approved a concept plan for a proposed bicycle and cross-country skiing park next to the Pleasant View Golf Course. The park would include a new facility, multi-use paved and dirt trails, bicycle obstacles and features areas. 

"Erdman Park" is the placeholder name for the project that would develop trails and facilities on land to the northern edge of the Pleasant View Golf Course. Landowner Dan Erdman is donating eight acres to be annexed to the city in a private non-profit partnership with the Central Cross Country Skiing Association.  

The association plans to fundraise to build a small campus that would eventually become an Olympic Training Center. 

The city council allocated $420,000 to the park in the 2018 budget with funding from the park development fund. The city has spent $79,640 to date on fencing and design work.

The remaining funds will need to cover the relocation of bike park trail head, construction of access drive from Schwartz Rd. and construction of 15 parking stalls and the bike park improvements.

Executive director for Central Cross Country Skiing Yuriy Gusev, explained there would be a lease agreement between city and Central Cross Country Ski Association for the planned facility, which would include a gathering lounge and banquet hall, meeting rooms, offices, training room, food, retail and equipment rental. There would also be 100 parking stalls for the facility.  

Scott Ackatz from Workshop Architects said they are in the process of a design considering all the restraints of the site. He said they were looking for comments and guidance on their approach.

Plan Commission member Wayne Pferdehirt asked which trails are meant for skiing and which by mountain bikes. Gusev said the trails would be all purpose.

Plan Commission member Jennifer Murray asked if the trails would be connected to bike routes passing through Pleasant View Golf Course.  She said she would like to see on map where routes come into park so that could be accounted for in the planning. 

Plan Commission member Kurt Paulsen said he would like to the building have LEED certification. Ackatz said that was being considered along with net zero energy use and permeable pavement. 

Mayor Gurdip Brar commented that he was glad to see the project progressing.  “We have talked about this for a long time and I am happy it is moving forward,” Brar said.

Pferdehirt made a motion to approve the concept with the recommendation the architects and engineers pursue sustainable features. The motion passed unanimously. The city expects to begin bidding for the project in August.

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