Houston is now home to the nation's biggest BMX bike park. That's right, the brand-new $25 million Rockstar Energy Bike park opens at Kuykendahl Road and I-45 in North Houston on August 16, and yes, you're invited to the festivities.
The grand opening celebration starts at 2 p.m. and includes bike demos, tours of the park, and a ribbon cutting with numerous officials who were involved in bringing this new gem to the city: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, North Houston Development Corp Executive Director Sally Bradford, the Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke, Rockstar Vice President Paul Tarney and WCMX President Gretchen Baily.
The park will open to the public for actual riding at 4 p.m.
The 20-acre park has been four years in the making; development of the facility, designed by OJB Landscape Architecture (of Levy Park fame), broke ground in late 2015. With the park's completion in sight, Rockstar Energy recently signed on with naming-rights for the next five years.
Located next to the North Houston Skatepark, the nation's biggest skatepark (are we detecting a theme here?) and Dylan's Park, the Rockstar Energy Bike Park will go as big as you'd expect in its inaugural year, hosting the USA BMX Lone Star Nationals this October, the BMX Nationals and World Championship Qualifier in March 2020, and the UCI BMX World Championships in May.
The park can hold upwards of 3,500 spectators, but it will also be open year-round to serve the Houston BMX and mountain bike communities when no events are going on. Plus, whether you're the next Ryan Nyquist or more like my old high school boyfriend, Jeff, who ripped open his right testicle jumping a shopping cart in a grocery store parking lot in 1997, there is something for every level of expertise—a dirt jump track, competition bowls, a pump track, an entire plaza for street skills, a community center, and even shaded trails where you can easily bike, walk or rest, if, like poor Jeff, you're still getting used to having stitches in unexpected places. There will also be local bike clinics, racing, and more programming.
Find info and equipment costs online at northhoustonsportscomplex.com. According to a rep for the park, the track is completely finished, but some parts of the park are still under construction.