Aptos Bike Parks Closing

Post Office Jump Park and Epicenter Pump Track will close in February.

Nov. 24, 2014—The notice Mark Davidson posted on the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz website was headlined "The end of an era in Aptos." It's news we call knew was coming and still it stung a little to read it.

"I have some sad news to share with you." Davidson writes. "Jesse Nickell called me the other week to regretfully announce that the world famous Post Office Jump Park and the Epicenter Pump Track in Aptos will be closing on February 17, 2015 as part of the construction planning for the new Aptos Village development."

The MBoSC post includes a letter from Nickel, of Barry Swenson Builder, the company that helped build the jumps and leased the property to the county for a song.

"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."

Davidson asked his members to "support this decision," and thanked Nickell and his company "for their generosity in providing the community with these spectacular places to ride.". He pointed out that the two popular parks sparked the creation of a skew of bike parks around the County.

"These two parks begat the Aptos Polo Grounds, the Chanticleer pump track, the Westside pump track, the Scotts Valley pump track and the McGregor Park pump track in Capitola and the Velocity Bike Park in Felton (the last two in construction and planning). The legacy of these Aptos bike parks and the community who built them are assured."

Read about The Santa Cruz Pump Track Boom.

Read about the soon-to-be-built supercool Felton Bike Park.

Post Office Jump Park, built in 2003, became a global destination for dirt jumpers, and produced some of the sport's best, including local heroes Cam and Tyler McCaul, Greg Watts and Jack Fogelquist. The Aptos Pump Track is universally called the Epicenter Pump Track because it was built with volunteer labor by Epicenter Cycling, whose shop is right next door on the road to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Both have been central to the success of the Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, which attracted more than 10,000 participants this year.

Excellent clip from the film "Strength in Numbers," by Anthill Films, tells the story: