The Cottage Grove Bike Park won the $33,000 grant from Bell Helmets! And it’s because of the community coming together to support and project. A big thank you to everyone who voted and to everyone who reached out to family, friends and media to raise awareness of the contest.
Four central region bike park projects were in the two-week online competition with the winner was selected based on the number of votes received. Voting ran from April 21 to May 4 and it quickly became a neck-and-neck race with a Chicago project. Cottage Grove pulled ahead at the end and won with 12,322 votes.
The bike park project is completely volunteer–built and funded and a joint effort with Minnesota Off–Road Cyclists (MORC). The grant will help the volunteers tremendously and will be used for a bike–skills area. Once completed, the bike park will offer different skill levels ranging from beginners to pros.
Chance Glasford has been leading the volunteer efforts at the bike park. During the contest Glasford created a "Voter Incentive Program" with incentives such as Glasford taking a pie to the face when the bike park received 1,000 votes.
The local cable television producers from SWCTC, Ann Simpson and Justin Atkinson, joined in the fun stating they would each take a pie in the face once the total votes hit 8,000.
Not to be outdone, Cottage Grove Mayor vowed to take a pie in the face if the bike park won. Watch the "Mayor Myron Bailey Gets Pied!" video on YouTube.
After learning of the win, Glasford wrote on the Cottage Grove Bike Park Facebook page ,“YOU made this possible, YOU made the difference and WE are stronger because of your support. Chicago Area Mountain Bikers CAMBr Andres Bike Park proved an admirable adversary in this tight competition and we wish them the best in their fundraising efforts.”
Glasford went on to write that the entire team is ready to get back to building “an amazing world class bike park right here, in Minnesota! This grant means we're one step closer to completing the park's master plan, but this is a BIG project and additional funds will be necessary to turn dream into reality. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to your neighborhood non-profit, visit the following link to donate: http://www.razoo.com/story/Cgbp.
The Cottage Grove Bike Park is located at 7050 Meadow Grass Avenue. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for June 26.
To check out their video and more information on the Cottage Grove Bike Park project, go to:
To learn more about the contest as well as the 12 trail building project contestants that were selected nationally, visit Bell Helmets website.