On National Trails Day 2012, Howard County celebrated an important milestone in making the region a mountain bike destination. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, along with members of the Howard County Council, state delegation, Recreation & Parks, MORE and countless volunteers, sponsors and spectators officially opened the new Rockburn Branch Skills Park. The skills park is a 3 acre parcel of land that is overflowing with obstacles mountain bikers and BMXers experience on the trail. Jumps, tabletops, in-sloped turns and rock gardens are connected by a series of trails where riders of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves.
The skills park is located adjacent to the Pump Track in Rockburn Branch Park, which opened in October. The creation of the pump track and skills park was developed from the perfect public/private/volunteer partnership where each contributed to the success of the park. The idea for the skills park was pushed forward by Melanie Nystrom, who wanted a place where her kids could develop their riding skills. Howard County embraced this vision by donating land. MORE & IMBA contributed volunteer hours, trail building expertise and local construction companies donated materials. Together, the skills park was constructed in less than 2 months! Now that its open, riders can enjoy the skills park, pump track and local trails.