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Cottage Grove to get mountain bike park

After months of planning, local BMX rider Chance Glasford can breathe a sigh of relief -- or take a deep breath because he soon will plunge into a new mountain bike park project.

The Cottage Grove City Council unanimously approved partnership plans with Glasford and Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists to construct a 2-acre bike park complete with riding tracks for all skill levels. The bike park will be at the city's West Draw Park on 70th Street west of Harkness Avenue.

The park will also include a skills area, pump tracks, and a tot track for even the youngest riders.

Glasford said the project is estimated to cost around $48,000, with $21,000 being assessed to the city. The city's portion of the bill will pay for the extension of water lines, signage and a planned prairie restoration of nine acres of the park.

At the request of the council, Glasford said in the future he would look for opportunities such as a tournament to help defer some of the cost to the city.

"We take this project very seriously and we want to set this park up to be a long-term community facility and make this a success," MORC chair Reed Smidt said.

The council approved the bike park plan March 20. Groundbreaking on the Cottage Grove bike park is tentatively set for early spring.