Dirt World is a bicycle skills park currently under development in Richmond, California.
Volunteers have already begun bringing in dirt and building temporary jump lines and obstacles geared towards both BMX bikes and mountain bikes. When finished, Dirt World will boast a pump track, a huge number of jumps for riders of a skill levels, a BMX race track, wooden wall rides and ladder bridges, and many other features. One area will be designed specifically for very young riders, including children on Strider-type push bikes.
It is a great honor to partner with renowned soil sculptor Alex Fowler, a former BMX pro who has built tracks for the Sea Otter Classic and the Olympics, as well as bike parks around California, has agreed to help develop the plans and direct the construction. Fowler has already teamed with the Dope Sauce Bike Club to build a pump track in Richmond’s revitalized JFK Park. Check out his company, Action Sports Construction. With Alex’s skills, we aim to build the best bike park in Northern California-- a thriving hub of activity and source of community pride.
Dirt World is About
- Creating a fun spot to hang out and hit some jumps and rail some berms on your bike.
- Transforming Richmond into a healthier, more vibrant place by introducing young people to a fun and challenging outdoor activity.
- Turning a long-forgotten patch of land – a vacant lot once blanketed with trash and head-high weeds -- into a source of civic pride.
- Giving the youth of this community a chance to literally shape their local environment by helping to design and build the park.
Call Us Dreamers, but we think that with a little encouragement the next BMX Olympian or slope style icon or dirt jump kingpin or World Cup cross country racer could very well hail from Richmond.
We’ve got the land. We’ve got the support of the city. Now comes the hard part: we need to raise $175,000 to cover the costs of finishing the park and create ongoing programs for local youth. The first $60,000 will go to getting the key elements of the park built – the tracks, trails, and wooden features. At that stage, we’ll be riding. But we will still be hunting for an additional $115,000 for park amenities and public artwork, and to create ongoing programs for neighborhood young people.