California has rejected a request for funds to build a bike park in Nevada County. Lynn Skrukrud with NEO the Nevada County teen organization that promotes a healthy lifestyle without alcohol and drugs says they have been waiting for 3 months to hear if the $5 million dollar grant to fund the building of the park was going to come to fruition and yesterday, the news came that the application has been rejected.
“We had been working with the city and the city applied for a for Prop E for funding to start a new park in the Grass Valley area that would have been geared toward bikes and we just found out that, unfortunately, we did not receive the grant.”
The prop 84 funding is not affiliated with general state park funding so it does not affect the 70 state parks facing closures but with the poor economy Skrukrud says she is not surprised and that is why they have a backup plan.
“In working with the City of Grass Valley, we met with the city council and a few of the city staff members and we’ve been working with them to put together a plan for creating a bike park in the Grass Valley area. So we’re still working on developing what that would entail. But we’re in the works right now and researching what other cities are doing for bike parks.”
NEO teamed up in early 2010 with a group of local freestyle BMX riders and mountain bicyclists to start a Bike Park in Grass Valley. NEO sees the exercise of cycling as a good fit for their mission to encourage a healthy lifestyle for Nevada County youth, discouraging drugs and alcohol. (You can learn more at neonc.com.)