After a summer of hard work by our team, partners, and volunteers, construction on the new progressive jumpline at Syringa Bike Skills Park has been completed. Named in memory of Tanner Olson, the TJO Fly Zone is set to open in the first half of 2024 once final safety inspections are complete.
The jumpline features three separate lines for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skillsets, ranging from three to five feet in height, and includes steel fabricated ramps from Integrated Trail Lab, who worked with our team closely to construct the jumps. In anticipation of it's opening, a video by ORNJ Media was crafted to showcase the work put in to bring you Missoula's first professionally built jumpline:
For additional information on the postponed opening, project partner and park manager, Missoula Parks & Recreation, has provided the statement below on the remaining steps to open:
Syringa Park TJO Fly Zone - Committed to quality and safety for a 2024 opening
We're pleased to let you know that the project is well on its way to completion, and we want to highlight our unwavering commitment to safety and your overall experience.
Here's what's left to do before opening to provide a quality rider experience:
We're bringing in an independent third-party inspector to ensure the course meets industry standards and supports rider safety.
There is limited availability of independent bike park inspectors, causing a minor delay. We now expect the inspection and final park preparations to be completed in late spring 2024, weather permitting.
If the course inspection identifies required safety modifications, we’ll work closely with our project partner, MTB Missoula, to make the necessary modifications.
The timeline for completing these changes may range from a few days for minor tweaks to a few weeks for more extensive improvements.
It's important to note the inspection and other remaining work can only happen after winter snow melts and the course conditions are dry enough for proper testing and assessment.
Weather is a major factor impacting the project timeline.
We're gearing up to install rider education and safety signs to help you make the most of your time in the park.
We will reconstruct the perimeter skills loop with new and improved features.
We will restore vegetation and make erosion control improvements to preserve the area's natural beauty.
We will announce the official opening date after the course inspection is completed in Spring 2024. Your safety and the quality of your rider experience remain our top priorities.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new and improved TJO Fly Zone at Syringa Park!
MTB Missoula would like to thank Missoula County's Parks, Trails and Open Lands Program and Missoula Parks and Recreation, Integrated Trail Lab, I Ride for Tanner Foundation and Friends of Missoula Parks for their support in helping this project come to fruition.