The bike park playground is located at Carver Lake Park in the open field area just off the main park entrance road. The bike park playground has four designated areas to provide full progression of riding and learning including a bicycle playground, tot track, pump track and an advanced skills loop with technical trail features. The advanced trail loop includes dirt rollers, wooden berms, wooden technical trail features and rock gardens.
The bike park playground will be maintained by volunteers from the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists organization, who have also maintained the off-road cycling trail in Carver Lake Park since it opened in 2011.
Park hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.; parking is available near the bike park playground and also in the main parking lot.
Look Before You Ride: Rider Safety Rules
- It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself before attempting any of the elements of this bike park playground. Four designated areas provide full progression of riding and learning: bicycle playground (balance bikes), tot track, pump track, and an advanced skills loop.
- The advanced trail loop has technical trail features that include dirt rollers, wooden berms, wooden technical trail features and rock gardens. Riders should always look before they ride and wear protective equipment.
- The features vary in difficulty and it is important that riders use caution and ride within their ability.
- Only one person may use a feature at a time and the trail loops are one direction riding counter-clockwise.
- You control the degree of risk you will encounter in using these features. Your speed and bike control will directly affect your ability to ride the features safely. Do not attempt to ride these features unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
- Ride smaller features to start and work your way up to larger features. The features within this park will allow you to transfer newly developed skills to the off-road cycling trail system.
- Take turns and have fun!
Park Safety Rules
- The bike park is an unsupervised facility. Ride at your own risk. Ride within your ability and always use caution.
- Helmets are required. Shin, knee and elbow pads are recommended, especially for riders new to mountain biking.
- All bikes must be in good working order; brakes are required.
- Look out for other riders and take care of each other.
- Be respectful to all park users at Carver Lake Park. This is a community park for everyone to enjoy.
- No motorized bikes or motorcycles. This is a bicycle-only facility.
- Ride within your abilities. The bike park playground is designed to provide riders with the ability to progress and further develop riding skills and confidence.
- Progression is available throughout the park, start small and build upwards.
- Stay on trails; riding off trails can cause damage to the park.
- Respect bike park playground and off-road cycling trail closures.
- Trail work or modification of the bike park playground or off-road cycling trail is prohibited.
- Follow all directional signage and remember trail intersections come quickly.
- Do not skid out on trails.
- Stay in control; remain aware of other users at all times.
- Take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Injuries can be a fact of life with bicycling, but you can minimize the effects with the proper safety gear.
- Bicycle helmets are required and should be properly secured and strapped before riding.
- Shin, knee and elbow armor provides impact protection and are recommended for all riders, especially new riders.
- Closed toe shoes are required and shoes designed for mountain bicycling are recommended.
Pedestrian and Spectator Safety
- Please stay off the designated bike trails including the pump track, tot track, bike playground and advanced skills loop.
- Do not stop in areas with poor visibility.
- Find a safe area off the trail to watch riders.
- Parents, please make sure your kids do not wander in front of bikes on the trails.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times and pet waste must be picked up and deposited in the correct trash receptacles.
- Do not walk on terrain features or the sides of features.
- Respect the native vegetation and wildlife.