City of Cleveland Awarded $10,000 Through IMBA Bike Park Initiative
The City of Cleveland, Ohio, has been selected to receive up to $10,000 in assistance to develop new bike facilities at Kerruish Park. Key partners include IMBA Chapter Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) and Cleveland Metroparks.
"I would like to thank IMBA for their partnership and belief in the Kerruish Park project,” said Terrell H. Pruitt, Cleveland’s Ward 1 Councilman. “The idea of developing an outdoor mountain bike park in the city of Cleveland, and providing recreational access to this neighborhood is a significant game changer for our community. I look forward to taking this concept and making it a reality."
The Bike Park Initiative is an IMBA-led project designed to foster the development of world-class bike park facilities across the United States. Developed in partnership with the SRAM Cycling Fund and People for Bikes, the Bike Park Initiative identifies promising U.S. municipalities and provides them with strategic and technical assistance to create outstanding mountain bike facilities.
The Bike Park Initiative will provide up to $10,000 in planning and design services per grant, to be matched by cash from the applicant. The total of $20,000 will be used to create a conceptual site plan and report for the proposed bike park. The funds will also be used to advise the applicant on the unique aspects of constructing and maintaining a bike park, including working with the local mountain bicycling community. The intent of this effort is to get high-quality projects initiated through professional design assistance so that the applicant, in conjunction with IMBA’s advocacy network, can quickly proceed through permitting and toward construction.
“CAMBA and IMBA are excited to support this project by bringing together a passionate network of volunteers and riders to help create a vision for what will be a world class facility,” said Andy Williamson, IMBA’s region director for the Great Lakes territory. “It’s a great move to involve CAMBA from the earliest planning stages, as these local advocates will ensure that this facility will receive continuous care and support for years to come.”
In addition to the Cleveland project, IMBA, the SRAM Cycling Fund and People for Bikes are actively developing bike facilities in other U.S. cities. For example, in Chicago, Illinois, the SRAM Cycling Fund and IMBA Trail Solutions have been working collaboratively with the Chicago Park District and Chicago Area Mountain Bikers(CAMBR) on the initial planning for the Big Marsh Bike Park.