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"The night time, it's scary to the kids now, because the Boogie Man was real."
- Paul Hebert  


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A group of boys wait their turn at the jumps.
The Ride Crowsnest Mountain Bike Project Skills Park near the
Albert Stella Memorial Arena in Blairmore is roughly 80 to 90 per cent complete, according to Project Manager Wade Aebli.
Construction on the skills park - located at the base of the ski hill - began in May, with volunteers as well as employees from
Community Futures, the organization in charge of the project, working to construct a series of jumps, ramps and turns for local youth on which to test their mountain bike skills.
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Brady March, 15, does some stunts at the Mountain Bike Skills Park near the Albert Stella Memorial Arena in Blairmore on Wednesday, September 14th.
“It’s proving to be quite popular with the local youth,” said Aebli, noting that people ranging in age from six to well into their 40s have been seen utilizing the park.
“It has created quite a buzz in the community, and we have generated quite a lot of momentum to this point.”

Aebli added that over the course of the summer, Community Futures and volunteers also managed to work on a total of 8.7 kilometres of trails in the proposed 140 kilometre trail system, completing roughly 5.9 kilometres.
“This summer we’ve made some significant progress,” he said.
“We’re really starting to show some results on the ground.”
According to Aebli, the work completed this summer was thanks in large part to six summer students who were hired by Community Futures to work on the project, and who worked on the trails by hand day after day for months.
He said volunteers from the United Riders of Crowsnest (UROC) have also been working to complete a section of trail.
“We’re hoping that we can keep this project going into the future,” said Aebli.
“It’s quite an ambitious project, with 100 kilometres of trail planned – that takes a significant amount of time and resources.”
Aebli said the projected cost of finishing the trail system is estimated at roughly $1.5 to $2 million.
Community Futures has received significant funding from the Rural Diversification Initiative grant program, which has offset the costs of construction to date.
Upon completion, Aebli said Community Futures hopes to have an extensive trail system spanning areas of
Allison Chinook, Saskatoon Mountain, Wedge Mountain, Frank Slide, and the Pass PowderKeg Ski Hill.
For more information on the project, including trail maps and the Master Plan, visit
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