A donation from the El Pomar Foundation will cover about 30 percent of the cost of a 3-acre youth bike park scheduled to open by fall at Fountain Park, a Colorado Springs news release says.
The $60,000 donation ensured construction could begin on the $200,000 bike park, the release says. The park also was funded in part by a Great Outdoors Colorado grant and Generation Wild Initiative.
"We are grateful to El Pomar Foundation for this generous donation which will translate into valuable safety lessons and great fun for our local youth," Mayor John Suthers said in the release. "This is a wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can benefit our community as a whole."
Fountain Park, 901 E. Fountain Blvd., is adjacent to Hillside Community Center and includes baseball/softball and football/soccer fields, a multi-play court, a community garden, a picnic shelter and a playground, according to the city's website.
"The bike park will include a street skills course that helps teach young cyclists the rules of the road along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course," the release says.
The donation was the first from The William J. Hybl Fund.
"Olympic and Paralympic sports promote excellence, participation and peaceful competition, all of which are values which should be passed on to young people," said Hybl, chairman and CEO of the El Pomar Foundation, in the release. "This fund supports Olympic, Paralympic and youth sports and so the ability to provide funds for the completion of this skills and obstacle course for kids is a terrific initial gift."
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