The University of Arkansas will host a grand opening celebration for the Tsa La Gi Bike Park from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.
The free event will include music, food and a 4:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Volunteers with University Recreation Outdoors will provide mountain bikes for students to ride free of charge.
The park is located in the wooded area behind the UREC Tennis Center at 1357 W. Indian Trail off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The university acquired the 10-acre site following a land swap with the city in 2020. The agreement included swapping the land needed for the tennis center and bike park for over 60 acres of wooded hillside property west on Markham Hill west of the university.
The park includes beginner- and intermediate-level lines with several features that are designed to give riders a chance to practice skills that can be applied to other mountain bike trails.
“It really is the perfect classroom, and I think students will get a lot out of having such a unique amenity on campus,” said Caitlin Arnett, UREC Outdoors coordinator. “It’s the type of space where so much growth can happen in so little time.”
The project is funded through a gift from Tom and Steuart Walton, which includes money for the construction of the park and a series of trail through the UA campus. The money also includes funding for the first years of maintenance.