Jumps, skills features to be removed from Inverhuron bike park

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Sports

By Barb McKay

Mountain bike enthusiasts will no longer be able to enjoy the thrills of the jumps and features of the skills area at the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park after the Municipality of Kincardine was forced to remove it, at least for this season

Council learned during its meeting last Wednesday that the skills and technical area of the park does not comply with industry standards which could leave the municipality open to liability. The park had been inspected by the municipality’s insurer risk management consultant following a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that found that the County of Bruce was entirely to blame for an accident that left a man quadriplegic. The county appealed the decision in February but lost.

The incident occurred in August 2008 when the man, Stephen Campbell, flew over the handle bars of his mountain bike while performing a stunt on an obstacle at the Bruce Peninsula Mountain Bike Adventure Park and broke his neck. The courts found that the county had been negligent in a number of areas including inadequate signage; misleading promotion of the park; and inadequate risk assessment, monitoring and injury reporting.

Kincardine municipal staff recommended to council that the jumps and other technical features should be removed from the park for this summer, but leave the biking trails open which do meet industry standards. Staff also attended a risk management seminar, which focused on the design, construction and maintenance of bike parks and plan to work with an engineer to come up with a new design for an improved technical and skills area in Inverhuron.

arks and Recreation Director Karen Kieffer said the design will be presented to council ahead of the 2018 municipal budget meetings.