Truckee Bike Park jumps into season with fundraiser
A young girl eyes the end of a wooden ramp and the 4-foot drop off the end of it.
Bolstered by the group of youngsters watching, she begins pedaling down the long pier and soon launches off the feature at Truckee Bike Park’s Drop Zone.
Cheers and shouts of encouragement ensue as she lands smoothly and pedals off toward another area at the 11-acre bike park.
“It’s like the Palisades. The kids all sit up there and are like, ‘I’m going to hit this one now and can you video me?’” said Truckee Bike Park founder Cortney Knudson. “It’s one of our most popular zones now.”
For Knudson and the bike park’s other founder, Brooks McMullin, it’s another day at the office — building new features, testing lines, and keeping up with the day-to-day maintenance of the park.
Twelve years after first putting shovel to dirt, the duo is now eyeing the final phase of work at the park. However, many obstacles remain before the park’s completion, ranging from a three- to five-week rebuild of features damaged from winter and raising funds to cover a laundry list of expenses.
Knudson said annual maintenance costs at the park range from $120,000 to $150,000, and after missed fundraising opportunities due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, the park is in need of funds for building and maintaining the park.
NIGHT OF FUNDRAISING
On Wednesday, April 20, the bike park will team up with Bar of America for a night of fundraising, featuring a buffet dinner, live music, raffles, and an auction. The fundraiser will run from 5 to 10 p.m.
All proceeds from the event, which hasn’t been held since 2019, go directly to the park. Tickets are $47 for adults and $30 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Traditionally, the bike park’s annual fundraiser at Bar of America is its biggest of the year and has raised upward of $30,000, which in past years has also been matched by other donors. Knudson added that the park is hoping to find private donors to match the donations from this month’s fundraiser.
Additionally, the park is asking for sponsorships of its lines and features. Businesses or individuals could potentially sponsor a certain zone or feature in the park and have their names attached to it.
“That’s a great opportunity for a community business or anyone that wants to be involved,” said Knudson.
Work to reopen the bike park for the season will begin this month, according to Knudson. The park includes beginner- to expert-level features, flow lines, pump tracks, dual slalom, rhythm sections, jumps, slopestyle, and a drop zone.
“We’ve tried to balance the bike park out with green (mountain bike lines) all the way through black, so there’s something at the bike park for everyone,” said Knudson.
A new slopestyle line will be added this summer as the final phase of work.
The Truckee Bike Park is free to the public and made possible through a partnership between nonprofit Biking for a Better World, Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and Truckee Sanitary District.
What: Night of fundraising
Where: Bar of America, 10040 Donner Pass Road, Truckee
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20
Cost: $47 adults, $30 children
Featuring: Buffet dinner, live music, raffle, auction
Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at email@example.com
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