Copmoba To Receive $10,000 ‘Bike Park’ Grant from REI
Grand Junction, CO – COPMOBA, the award-winning western Colorado trail advocacy organization, announces they will receive a $10,000 grant from REI to build a developmental bike skills park at the ‘Lunch Loops’ trailhead.
It’s a known fact that kids of all ages love to ride bikes. 18 months to 80 years, there’s just something about turning the pedals that brings the kid in all of us out to play.
Soon, kids of all ages will have something to get really excited about – COPMOBA is raising funds to build a developmental bike skills park at the Tabeguache ‘Lunch Loops’ trailhead. And on Saturday, July 31st at 12:30pm, REI is giving them $10,000 to help make it happen!
Designed to develop and hone bike skills that are utilized on remote singletrack trail, the Lunch Loop Skills Area (LLSA) will be located just off the trailhead’s Monument Road parking lot. With construction slated to begin in early October, the skills area will feature a pump track, graduated jump lines for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders and a dual slalom course. Riders can also explore alternate skills lines, featuring rocks and natural obstacles, which will be incorporated into the existing Kid’s Meal beginner trail.
“The concept for the skills area is to introduce kids to mountain biking at an early age and instill a passion for the trails and for the outdoors – a passion that will last forever. These parks connect kids with nature, build self-confidence, physical strength, balance and agility – all while having fun in the outdoors. And by kids, I certainly mean kids of all ages, because I can’t wait to play on it, too!” says Jen Taylor, spearhead for the project and COPMOBA board member. “We’re working on building bike parks at each of our main trail areas, including Grand Junction (LLSA), Fruita and Palisade. The big vision is to build parks for all COPMOBA-related Colorado Plateau communities. This is my passion, so I’m thrilled to see it coming together, one park at a time.”
Volunteers will be an important aspect of building the skills area and the alternate Kid’s Meal obstacles. Taylor expects to have as many as 70 or more volunteers digging in the dirt in early to mid October. “An important aspect of building the park is community ownership through volunteerism. We want our kids and families to take pride in the park. And we’ll be cleaning up the area from the old days when it was used as a dump site. It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Taylor.
“We owe a lot of gratitude to Bill Taylor and the folks who have worked for years to see a bike park come to fruition,” said Taylor. “Their groundwork coupled with new timing, location, and funding opportunities have helped make the park possible.”
The Lunch Loop trailhead is owned by the City of Grand Junction but operates under a Memo of Understanding with the BLM. Both the City and the BLM are in support of the project due to the area’s intended and established trail network. “The BLM, the City & the Parks Department are the hero’s of this project,” said Taylor. “We’re all working toward the common goal of creating a place for kids to develop their bike skills, and encourage trail ethics and a sense of stewardship.”
Marea Goodman, Outreach Specialist with the Grand Junction REI store states, “COPMOBA has been a valuable asset to the Grand Junction outdoor community. We’ve partnered with them on many occasions through the years and are excited about the LLSA bike park – it seemed a perfect fit for our 2010 grant cycle. The project had to meet our requirements for ‘engaging volunteers in active environmental stewardship to maintain, enhance and restore outdoor recreational areas’ and ‘engaging individuals in outdoor recreation with particular attention to children and youth’. REI is proud to fund the LLSA bike park project through COPMOBA.”
“COPMOBA and REI have enjoyed a long-established relationship and a mutual goal of getting kids and families outdoors. REI has been a generous and supportive benefactor of our trails and our organization. Our community benefits by way of their support, and we’re thankful for it,” said Chris Muhr, COPMOBA president.
The $10,000 REI grant covers a little over 20% of the park’s total budget of $43,000. COPMOBA is looking for donations of clean dirt and equipment, as well as monetary donations to meet the October 15 completion date.
To donate to the Lunch Loop Skills Area (LLSA) bike park, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-244-8877. Subscribe to COPMOBA’s newsletter and watch for LLSA volunteer days starting in early October.
Join REI, COPMOBA and community partners this Saturday at the REI store at 12:30pm to celebrate the REI grant donation and the fund-raising kick-off for the bike park.
About COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association)
In 1989, a visionary group of mountain bikers worked tirelessly with Colorado Plateau land agencies to establish the first interstate mountain bike trail, Kokopelli’s Trail from Fruita, CO to Moab, UT. As a result, COPMOBA was formed to advocate for, design, build and maintain the now-extensive and world-famous 1500+ miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Trail systems include Kokopelli’s, Tabeguache, and Paradox, as well as the Grand Mesa, Palisade, Gateway, and Ridgway, CO. Through volunteer trail construction and maintenance projects, land-agency advocacy, rides, and fundraising efforts we act as a positive voice for mountain biking and trail recreation, dedicated to the development and maintenance of mountain bike and singletrack trails on the Colorado Plateau.
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