The post office jumps would never have been possible without the vision of Jesse Nickell. He knew kids were building jumps on the lot owned by his employer, Barry Swenson Builders, and he wanted that to continue. So he brought together the land owner and the Santa Cruz County Parks and Rec and help to strike a deal that made these amazing jumps legal to ride for many years. He also set the model used by pumptracks in other locations in Santa Cruz, paving the way for bike park recreation in our area. Thank you Jesse, Barry Swenson Builders, and Santa Cruz County Parks and Rec. We hope to bring that spirit of cooperation to the new spot we build!
Dear Cyclists, Dirt Jumping and Pump Track Community,
Barry Swenson Builder and the Santa Cruz County Parks Department are sad to announce that the Aptos Epicenter Pump Track and the Post Office Jump Park will be closing February 17, 2015. Barry Swenson Builder and the Santa Cruz County Parks Department built these parks temporarily knowing this real estate was slated as the future home of Aptos Village. Together we identified there was a community need for a safe place for riders of all ages and skill levels to participate and have a place to go. Whether working on riding skills and techniques on the pump track or honing their skills dirt jumping and free style riding on the dirt jumps the parks appealed to intermediate and pro riders alike.
Many good things have come out of these temporary model parks. We now are seeing bicycle pump track parks being built throughout Santa Cruz County. This method of developing public parks on private land and with community stewardship has become a role model and many grassroots bicycle parks have been built using this as a model nationwide. We are proud to have demonstrated the social/community need and been a catalyst for generating world-class freestyle dirt jumpers from of our area.
While it is sad to see these parks close, it is exciting to see what changes the future may bring to Aptos and the biking community. What began as a short term temporary park ended up having a long successful run and should be seen as is a testament to the stewardship provided by the biking community and a great example of a public private partnership.
Thank you for taking care of our parks and for making them yours,
Jesse L. Nickell III
Senior Vice President
Barry Swenson Builder
The following people support the park closure and understand the temporary nature of these parks: Mark Davidson (President, Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz), Shawn Wilson (Owner, Epicenter), Dave Smith (Owner, Shuttle Smith Adventures), Cameron McCaul, Alex Reveles, Tyler McCaul, Greg Watts, Jamie Goldman, Ryan Howard, Kyle Jamison, Jack Fogelquist, and Ray George.