On Aug. 16, Rockstar Energy Bike Park—a $25 million complex—opened to the public at 12257 Kuykendahl Road, Houston. The facility sits adjacent to the $6 million North Houston Skate Park, completed in 2014.
Rockstar Energy Bike Park’s grand opening and ribbon-cutting was attended by various officials, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Houston Sports Authority CEO Janis Burke and Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority’s Director Sally Bradford.
The park—which features a USA BMX-sanctioned track, competition bowls, dirt trails and a pavilion that seats 3,500—will house the 2020 BMX World Championships.
The complex was developed by the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority, which partners with the city of Houston, Harris County, Aldine ISD, Spring ISD and Lone Star College.
Bradford said the idea for the bike park was first conceptualized in 2014, following the grand opening of the North Houston Skate Park.
“We heard the chant in the background, and I knew right away it was the bikers. It was ‘let us ride, let us ride,’” she said. “After the ceremony, when we went out and talked to them, we said, 'if you’ll just be patient with us, we’ll open a fantastic bike park next door.”
Pro bikers were part of the park’s planning committee, providing recommendations on what features and amenities to include, Bradford said.
“[We said], ‘Give us a wish list,” she said. “What would you like to see in a first-class bike park?”
Alongside freestyle bike features, the complex includes walking trails, restrooms, drinking fountains, trees and bridges.
The bike park sold its naming rights to the energy drink company Rockstar—chosen in part because the name needed to be exciting, Bradford said.
The park is also almost entirely wheelchair accessible except for the race track.