Highland residents will soon benefit from the efforts of 14-year-old Cedar Hills resident Carson Seegmiller, whose endeavor is to build the three-course Highland Glen Bike Track.
Saturday morning, more than 100 people arrived to help with the park construction, shoveling earth, building a post fence, packing soil and preparing a shed area — including pro BMX riders Jonesy Fedderson and Cody Bessel.
Highland resident Jared Pflueger, 18, participated as a teammate for the Lone Peak High School Mountain Bike Team.
“I love the sport because I feel welcome and I’ve had so many friends that I love to ride with and work with,” Pfueger said. “I’m super excited because this is going to help bring in a new level of skills for our team and it’s going to get more kids on bikes and it helps get our community together on bikes.”
A ninth-grader at Mountain Ridge Junior High School, Seegmiller isn’t sure how many hours he has spent on the project.
“Many, I don’t know the exact number but I’ve been working on it about a year so,” Seegmiller said.
He had appeared before the Highland City Council in 2015 and requested to be allowed to organize construction of a bike park for his Boy Scout Eagle project.
“The council members have worked with me a lot,” he said.
Highland city staff was also able to win an $11,000 grant for the bike park.
“Basically, it’s a very unique park. There aren’t many bike parks in the area,” said Erin Wells, city event and communications specialist. Working with staff, they selected more than six acres for the courses north in Highland Glen Park.
“Basically, I just live over there so it’s really close,” Seegmiller said pointing towards Cedar Hills.
“And Highland had a great spot for it,” he said.
The bike track will be a BMX and mountain bike park with courses of various skill levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced providing a wide appeal for its users.
Seegmiller is also a member of the Lone Peak High School Mountain Bike Team and had a mix of Highland and Cedar Hills residents and more than 50 percent of the team members at the Saturday gathering.
The bike park is in Lone Peak High School’s backyard and convenient for the team, although, the competitions the team participates in are more cross country distance events.
“Today we’re are just shaping the jumps and building a pump shack over there,” Seegmiller said. “Mainly, just making them rideable.”
The two pro BMX riders Fedderson and Bessell were impressed with the project.
“This is an amazing start and everyone has to start somewhere at a beginning,” Fedderson said. “This will move very quickly to that middle step where it’s a professionally built course.”
For more information or to make a donation to the project, call 801-772-4566 or go to GoFundMe.com and search for the “Highland Glen Bike Park.”