Green River News: Kanuga Bike Course Developer Offers Ride Rock Creek Bike Park

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Kanuga Bike Course Developer Offers Ride Rock Creek Bike Park

The site plan shows the layout plan for the proposed Ride Rock Creek Bike Park. [SITEWORK STUDIOS PLLC]

A doctor who opened Ride Kanuga Bike Park two years ago wants to develop another mountain bike course and RV park in the Green River community.

Called Ride Rock Creek, the 326-acre park would open on West Rock Creek Road if the Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment grants two special-use permits needed for bike paths and an RV park. The developer is Dr. David LaMond, an avid mountain biker who runs family practice Blue Sky MD Health.

The county’s technical review board had no major issues with the concept when it reviewed the site plan this week, planning director Autumn Radcliff said. LaMond will need to obtain separate special use permits for the recreational trails and the TV park.

“The Zoning Board of Adjustment has the ability to make changes or add additional conditions,” she said.

In addition to the mountain bike park, LaMond wants to provide 20 van camping spaces of 2,000 square feet each and repurpose an existing single-family home, garage with apartment and cabin to service the mountain bike park. He wants to convert the house into a general store, use the garage as a check-in area, and convert the cabin into a bathhouse. The site plan also shows two new structures – an “adventure center” and a second bathhouse to serve campers.

“Mountain bike trails will be developed throughout the subject area which will lead all cyclists back to the base area,” said a staff report. “Runners will be transported to the top of the mountain via an access road not accessible to the public. The shuttle route will provide stopping areas and a U-turn at the top of the property.”

A site plan drawn by landscape architect Rob Dull of Sitework shows emergency access in case first responders need access to the trail system. Plans also call for a mile and a half of new roadway, a total of 185 parking spaces, nine handicapped parking spaces, and proposed septic locations for existing and future structures. The development would leave 98 percent of the mostly forested land open.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment will take up the development application at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the Henderson County office building at 100 N. King St.

The Ride Kanuga Bike Park “features specific one-way downhill terrain for all skill levels,” the park’s website says. “There is a mix of natural features, jump lines and trails that is unparalleled in the area…Cyclists have the opportunity to ride a climbing trail with a gentle incline, while enjoying the sights and scents of Kanuga Ancient Forest.”

The 1,400-acre mountain bike attraction next to the Kanuga Conference Center has served as the base for many races and meets. One of the biggest takes place this weekend when hundreds of cyclists converge on the bike park as the start and finish line for the 132-mile Waffle Ride (with 11,000 feet of climbing), the Wafer 71 mile (6,000 ft) ride and the 37.5 mile (3,500 ft) Wanna Ride.

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