WAUSAU - Wausau's Sylvan Hill Park looks different than in the past.
"It opens up a whole new set of skills and to be honest, it's just fun for the kids to come out and do something different for a night or two of practice," said biker, Scott Anderson.
There is now a mountain biking park after four years of planning.
"This is really a partnership with the city, kind of fueled by our passion," said Jahn Martin, who's a part of CWOCC.
The Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition, or CWOCC, worked with the city and parks department to build a track that's quite unique.
"It's totally different. It's downhill, flowing, more of an adrenaline rush type of ride," said rider, Katie Mahoney.
The park has different loops, all built for different skill levels. Mahoney is happy to have a place to challenge herself to try new things on her two wheels.
"[I'm] Learning to use my bike in a different way. Hitting jumps and stuff, I'm just learning to do that so it's exciting, I'm learning new skills!" said Mahoney.
All of those new skills became possible because of CWOCC.
The trail is funded entirely by the community, which took a little more than $200,000. But seeing the excitement behind the new facility makes it all worth it.
"CWOCC has done a fantastic job growing cycling and mountain biking specifically and trail building and stewardship," said Anderson.
And you never know who you'll meet at the park. It's one of the only kind like it in the Midwest, which they're hoping will bring in more visitors to central Wisconsin.
"I was in Colorado the other week doing downhill mountain biking on ski runs and this is very similar. Like 'whoa, we have this in Wausau, Wisconsin? That's pretty amazing'," said Mahoney.
The park took about seven weeks to create and it opened at the end of August. There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 P.M. on Tuesday, September 26th.
The park is located at 3298 Coates Lane, Wausau. It is behind the Horace Mann Middle School.