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Chance Glasford, lead project manager for the Cottage Grove Bike Park, raises the golden scissors Thursday following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Cottage Grove Bike Park dream becomes reality for lead volunteer

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Cottage Grove Bike Park dream becomes reality for lead volunteer
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It has been a whirlwind year for Cottage Grove resident and BMX enthusiast Chance Glasford.

Last spring, Glasford had a dream to build the area’s first all-ages, multi-skill level mountain bike park. And with the help of hundreds of volunteers, a $33,000 Bell Helmets grant and support from the city, his dream became a reality at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the new Cottage Grove Bike Park.


“This is just really sweet,” Glasford said.

More than 100 BMX riders from the metro broke in the new park at West Draw Park and tried out the new pump tracks, jump lines and cross track.

Glasford, who recently won the city’s Volunteer of the Year award, said he wanted to bring his lifelong passion for BMX to the region. He joined forces with MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists) and IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling) to get his plans off the ground.

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said he was excited to welcome the new park into the city as it gives kids and adults alike a new outdoor sport.

“This is such a great asset for the city,” said Zac Dockter, director of Parks and Recreation. “Not only will it bring in people from the city but from around the metro as well.”

The bike park is open from dawn until dusk seven days a week and is located on several acres of land inside West Draw Park, off 70th Street and Meadow Grass Avenue.

For more information about the Cottage Grove Bike Park, visit

Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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