Cannon Ball


North Dakota, USA


Project Details: 

This project involved close collaboration with the local Native American tribe to introduce cycling infrastructure with the goals to improve the mental and physical health and well-being of the residents of Cannon Ball and to share the history and cultural stories with visitors, helping to shed light on injustices and gain an understanding that a more collaborative and conscientious future is needed.


How Did We Help: 

Select Contracts’ extensive experience in producing Master Plans for bike parks and in the operation of commercial bike facilities provided valuable knowledge in producing a plan that will engage the community and drive involvement in the sport.


The Brief:

Select Contracts was engaged to perform a basic market assessment and conceptual design and financial plan for a cycle trail, interpretive story path and potential pump track for Cannon Ball and the surrounding land.


Our Approach:

Through discussion with the local community, we identified key locations throughout the area that held significant value both culturally and recreationally. These locations were carefully considered throughout the design process to create an interpretive cycling route, conveying the history and cultural stories while providing access to popular recreation sites along the river.


The Result:

This process culminated in a 5-phase masterplan, starting with the simplest to execute in an area close to the Cannon Ball community and expanding as the local interest in cycling increases and funding is secured. The trail is imagined to follow a route with approximately 5.5-miles of roadside path, 4 miles of old rail line trail and 2.5-miles of trail along the bank of the Missouri River.