For Jason Gold, a dad of two in Denver, CO, it’s all about how bike parks foster community and help his kiddos build character.
“The bike park culture is really special itself,” Jason says. His son Grayson, who is 6, is a skilled Rider and an outgoing kid who loves learning from the older Riders at the park. “The kids are really helpful to each other. Some of the teenagers who ride well and are into the bike park are excited to ride with the younger kids,” he explains.
“My son is now getting old enough that he’ll soon have the opportunity to mentor other kids and pay it forward. He’ll have to be sweet and supportive and get other kids excited about riding like the older kids have done for him. As a father, that’s a value that I want to instill in my children. It’s a great practice in how to value people,” Jason shares.
Jason’s daughter, Harlow, is four years old — and unlike her older brother, Harlow isn’t motivated by speed and adrenaline.
“Their personalities couldn’t be more different, but she’s still at the bike park having fun and enjoying it,” Jason says. Plus, time at the bike park pushes Harlow outside her comfort zone and helps her build resilience. “She gets to try new things, and she’s proven to be super tough. When she falls down, she dusts herself off and gets back up again.”
For Devin Featherstone, a dad from Alberta, Canada, his son Kai’s passion for biking has reignited his own love for it.
“Everyone can be together, whether you're a spectator or participant,” Devin says. “That’s one thing we have found and love about bike parks. It can be a family outing, and you can also go with friends. It doesn’t matter the age or skill level; there are always supportive people at the bike park.”