The Bike Park is a new type of eco-recreation to Chicago and is the first park of its kind in the Midwest. It is designed for all ages and skill levels – from toddlers to professional biking enthusiasts and provides a variety of trail choices and program including BMX, mountain biking, and Cyclo-cross. The bike park is generally located on the southern 40 acres of the park on existing slag fields where good habitat restoration is difficult and cost prohibitive.The bike park is modeled after the highly successful Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colorado which opened in 2011 and attracts an average of 500 cyclists a day in the summer.
Supporting the Big Marsh Bike Park is the Ford Calumet Environmental Center (FCEC), opening in 2021. This environmental center will feature classroom spaces open to school and community groups, and an informational exhibit depicting the history of the southeast side natural areas.