We anticipated anywhere from 75 to 100 people last Saturday for the LLBP ribbon-cutting ceremony. Boy were we surprised. One local paper estimated the crowd at 500. Chris and I figured it to be +/- 200 folks. But little kids move quick, so it’s easy to double and triple-count them. ha. The REI crew provided breakfast. It didn’t last long. Roasted Coffee House brought coffee for 100. It was gone in less than 10 minutes. Tom Etchermeyer walked away a karmically-enhanced man, as his volunteer efforts landed him a brand-spankin-new Cove park bike, courtesy of the Grassroots Cycles/COPMOBA raffle.
The best part for this mom of 3? Seeing the kids’ eyes when they looped the pump track for the first time… or they cleared the jump lines after their third attempt (not to mention the tv reporter, thanks to some sideline coaching)… or they opted to take the new alternate challenge lines on Kids’ Meal… or if their tires were one of the very first tracks on the DS course. I saw all of this and more that morning. And I saw some happy adults, too. There’s a phrase for that type of grin, but I best not type it.
Check out this great news clip on the ribbon-cutting http://www.nbc11news.com/localnews/headlines/105111669.html
…It’s taken a few days to absorb the fact that the Lunch Loop Bike Park project is actually completed. To tell you the truth, I’m a little sad.
Working on this project for the past 5 months has been a total joy. The folks that I talked with on a daily & weekly basis at the City & BLM… The sponsors that came on board in full-force… The incredible collaboration that transpired between the public and private sectors, and the repoir that developed among us all. I enjoy creating relationships with people, and this project blew me away. I’ll miss it.
The fact that the LLBP was completed in a matter of 5 months is pretty cool. It was conceived in late April. Strategic discussions & COPMOBA board approval to proceed happened in June. We got the REI grant in July. And from there it was a cyclone of activity to build the first public bike park on Colorado’s western slope – with only 3 months to go.
And we did it. Not only did we finish on-time, we finished on-budget. It goes without saying… Greg Mazu, James Flatten & the Singletrack Trails crew – along with the hundreds of volunteers – were phenomenal. Together, they built a sweet, sculpted bike park that will be enjoyed by everyone – from local families to extreme riders & racers from around the world. Our in-kind sponsors rallied to provide everything from dirt to construction equipment, hotels to construction blocks, graphics, signs, labor, fuel and endless pats on the back. We can’t thank our cash sponsors enough for stepping forward with their hard-earned and saved financial contributions… an investment in our community!
The COPMOBA Board Members were unwavering in their dedication to the LLBP mission of getting kids outdoors and on their bikes. COPMOBA’s Coordinator, Amy Agapito deserves HUGE praise for her tireless work on the project. She rallied crew leaders, volunteers, donations, thank you letters, tents, totes, tables and much more behind the scenes to make the project go as seamlessly as it did. Thank you, Amy.
And thanks to you all for your part in the success of the LLBP. Stay tuned for more COPMOBA bike parks in Fruita & Palisade in the next few years. Enjoy the pix, and be sure to stop by the LLBP when you can. It’ll make you proud that you’re a part of it.
Overview of LLBP Media Spots:
LLBP Partners & Sponsors:
City of Grand Junction * BLM * COPMOBA * REI * Singletrack Trails * Grassroots Cycles * Monument Graphics & Communication * All Metals Welding & Fabrication * Hanson Equipment * Whitewater Building Materials * Redlands Power & Water * Riverbend Equipment * Community Hospital * Williams Production * Enstrom’s Candies * Rocky Mountain Health Plans * Bud’s Signs * US Bank * Doubletree Hotel * Mountain Khakis * MRP * White Brothers * DT Swiss * GJMountainBiking.com * SOAR Physical Therapy * Safari LTD * Rusk & Rusk Court Reporters * Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates * the Willet Family * Bicycle Outfitters * Mountain West Periodontal Associates
Officer, COPMOBA Board of Directors