Bike park in Buncombe County, NC to close due to landfill expansion

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The Alexander Mountain Bike Park in Alexander, NC will permanently close to the public on Friday, Jan. 31 and will be developed as an expansion of dirt borrow space for the Buncombe County Landfill. The park’s multi-user trail system has been around for 20 years and was managed by Recreation Services, but the land has always been located on Buncombe County Landfill property. Due to expansion plans, the park can no longer remain open due to “safety and risk concerns.” 

“Any time we lose public open spaces it’s unfortunate, but the County’s growth necessitates the landfill’s expansion to protect the health and safety of all citizens,” said Buncombe Recreation Services Director Josh O’Conner. “Alexander Mountain Bike Park has been a much-loved fixture in our community, and we are grateful to all of the community organizations who have helped to maintain the park through that time.”

Alexander Mountain Park contained 7 miles of challenging single-track trail and was open to hikers, bikers and equestrians.  

“Buncombe County Solid Waste has been proud to support the Alexander Mountain Bike Park through the years,” said Solid Waste Director Dane Pedersen. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for all the users of the park; however, it is no longer safe nor feasible to keep the park open with future expansion plans.” 

The Mountain Bike Park closure does not affect Alexander River Park, one of seven river parks in Buncombe County offering access to the French Broad River. 

See the press release here: https://www.buncombecounty.org/countycenter/news-detail.aspx?id=18393&fbclid=IwAR2npQJ4semPV5IfJ56c36HNSiKOG5zUVGEBtBt0fpWIr-sU3keRUs5c1ZM

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