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Cottage Grove Bike Park wins $33,000 grant

An eleventh-hour voting frenzy in the Bell Helmets Bell Built Grant contest pushed the Cottage Grove Bike Park project to victory over three other Central Region finalists, awarding local volunteers $33,000 to put toward completing the off-road bike park.

The grant, sponsored by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, offered up to $100,000 to fund three bike park projects in the U.S.

Neck and neck throughout the 12-day voting period with Andres Bike Park from Carpentersville, Ill., the Cottage Grove Bike Park raked in 12,322 votes.

Andres Bike Park captured 11,424 votes.

Leading the park’s build, local resident Chance Glasford said the win was a team effort.

“We are very grateful for all of the awesome community support,” he said Monday shortly after Bell Helmets announced the winner. “It really took a village to win this grant.”

The Cottage Grove Bike Park is being constructed on a two-acre plot of underutilized land in West Draw Park.

Much of the $33,000 will be put toward completing a jump line in the southwest corner of the park. Crafting a jump line, Glasford said, is labor intensive and requires heavy machinery. However, once completed, it will give riders of all skill levels and ages a progressive track to ride.

“This (money) will help us get that much closer to our goal of building a world-class bike park right here in Cottage Grove,” Glasford said.

While the Bell Built Grant offers a significant helping hand in completing the bike park, Glasford said it doesn’t cover the entire cost, adding more money and volunteer hours are needed. In the coming weeks, Glasford will continue crowdsourcing efforts to raise funds to complete the park.

So far around $65,000 in donations have been raised.

“We want to keep this park self-funded and self-maintained,” Glasford added. “We will continue to look for sponsors, write grants and use other things like crowdsourcing to raise funds through donations.”

The grand opening of the Cottage Grove Bike Park is slated for Thursday, June 26, Glasford said, pending the riding surface is dry and clean, and fencing and signage is in place.

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