Bellingham Dirt Bike Jump Park,
located next to
the Skateboard Park on Puget Street has recently been
renovated to address drainage issues and give bike
daredevils new jumps and thrills.
Some of the
changes have also been made to make it easier for
beginners with novice slopes and jumps. In fact, half
of the park is now dedicated to beginners and small
frys just learning to ride and jump with little 2 foot
jumps while the advanced portions of the park have
jumps up to seven feet!
Jumping Has Evolved Into A Sport With Its Own
Moves And Jumps - Non Dirt Jumpers Almost Need A
Dictionary To Understand What Goes On At A Dirt
Bike Jump Park. A few common moves are:
ET - Is during a jump,
pedaling in mid-air much like the famous scene
from the ET movie when the kid goes flying with
the alien in his basket
360 - Is spinning yourself
and bike in mid-air a full 360 degrees before
landing in your original position.
Front Flip / Back Flip - Is
pretty self explanatory but it gives no clue of
just how difficult a maneuver this can be.
Dangler - While airborne you take both hands off
the handlebars and have one foot on one pedal.
Superman - While airborne
put feet back in the air and hold on to the
handlebars like you are flying like Superman
Canonball - While in
mid-air of course, you take your feet off the
pedals and then grab your seat with both hands
maneuvers and many more variations on the theme
all seem crazy, difficult, and dangerous however
once mastered, avid dirt jumpers make it look
simple and easy. Always wear knee, elbow and head
protection while attempting to dirt jump.
Experienced jumpers will tell you, even with
protection injuries are common including fractured
wrists broken ribs and concussions.
Other places of
interest in the Bellingham Civic Field complex are the
Downer Softball Fields - Joe Martin Baseball Stadium,
and the Frank Geri Softball Fields.
Bellingham's indoor swimming complex with
hydrotherapy pool and waterslide was named in honor of
Bellingham City Councilman Arne Hannah.