Bikers throughout southern California have a new place to hone and test their skills. On Saturday, over 3,000 attendees along with action sports icons and industry vendors joined the City of Menifee to officially debut the Gale Webb, Kids-R-#1, Action Sports Park. At six acres with a 22,000-foot pump track, three different jump lines, and a bicycle playground with over 30 obstacles, the Gale Webb Action Sports Park is the largest bike park of its kind in the region.
“I am so proud of the City and our Community Services Department for knocking it out of the park with this new amenity in Menifee,” said District 2 Councilmember Matt Liesemeyer. “Biking was an outlet for me growing up and I’m thrilled we now have this amazing bike park that our community can enjoy and make lasting memories.”
The park is named for Gale Webb, a long-time Menifee resident who inspires and encourages youth through her nonprofit organization, Kids-R-#1. Webb has overcome tremendous adversities with poise and persistence. Following a parachute accident, doctors told her that she would never walk again. Webb proved them wrong and has gone on to make a grand impact in the action sports industry from BMX to Motocross and has been a mentor for kids of all ages.
“I’ve been doing sports shows across the entire United States for over 44 years, many of them in Menifee, because I wanted to encourage kids to believe in themselves and believe in their dreams,” said Webb. “This amazing new bike park is a great place for kids of all ages and skill levels to learn and I am so thankful that the City of Menifee continues to go above and beyond supporting our kids and families.”
Webb’s friends from her storied career were also in attendance to show their support and included several action sports industry stars including BMX professional and stuntman Eddie Fiola, motocross champion Ricky Johnson, and Vans icon Steve Van Doren. Van Doren introduced Webb during the ceremonies.
“The amount of people that showed up today show the love for Gale Webb, the City of Menifee, and this pump track,” said Van Doren. “I’ve never seen such a big, awesome pump track in my life.”
The opening ceremony included remarks from Webb and Van Doren, the Menifee City Council, Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto, City of Menifee Park/Landscape Manager Bryce Howell, and Josh Willis with American Ramp Company who constructed the bike park. Following a formal ribbon cutting, a team of BMX professional riders dazzled the crowd with gravity-defying stunts over the park’s numerous bike ramps and pump track.
Industry vendors including Vans, Monster Energy, Fox, Mongoose, Burnside, ASV, and Menifee Bicycles supported the event by providing free giveaways and donating $20,000 worth of free prizes that were raffled at the event.
The Gale Webb, Kids-R-#1, Action Sports Park is located at 26533 Craig Ave. in Menifee. The park is open from dawn to dusk and includes numerous amenities for riders of all ages.