REI to Award $10,000 to Build Developmental Skills Park in Colorado

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The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA) has recently been given $10,000 to build a developmental bike skills park in Grand Junction, Colorado.

“The concept for the skills area is to introduce kids to mountain biking at an early age and instill a passion for the trail and for the outdoors,” says project coordinator Jen Taylor.

While the design emphasis for the Lunch Loop Skills Area is geared towards children, riders of all ages will be able to benefit from the park, according to Taylor.

“By kids, I certainly mean kids of all ages, because I can’t wait to play on it too!”

The park is planned for the Tabeguache “Lunch Loops” trailhead just outside of Grand Junction, and will feature a pump track, jump lines for all levels of experience and a dual slalom course. Alternate skills lines featuring rocks and natural obstacles will focus on honing bike skills riders will need on the remote singletrack the Colorado Plateau is known for.

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REI’s grant represents roughly a quarter of the projected $43,000 cost of the park. COPMOBA is still looking for donations to allow them to meet the October 15 completion date. Construction is slated to begin in early October, with Taylor expecting 70 volunteers to take part in the project.

The Lunch Loops Skills Area is the first of what is hoped to be many developmental skills parks in Colorado Plateau communities.

“We’re working on building bike parks at each of our main trail areas,” says Taylor. “The big vision is to build parks for all COPMOBA-related Colorado Plateau communities.”

With accolades that include completing the first interstate mountain bike trail, and designing, building and maintaining over 1,500 miles of trails in Colorado and Eastern Utah, COPMOBA has a real chance of making these parks a reality.

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