Thursday, May 15, 2008

Invest in singletrack

As I wrote on this blog a couple of weeks ago, I don’t like asking people for money. But when trails are at stake, I’m willing to make an exception. Singletrack Advocates has planned a trail network that will be professionally designed and built in Far North Bicentennial Park over the next two summers, and more than $200,000 has been raised to get the job done.

The park commission has approved the project, grant agreements are being finalized, crews are being scheduled, and ground-breaking is set for July 15. But because of some unforeseen expenses and the rising cost of diesel fuel, we’ve come up $25,000 short for Phase 1, which is the construction of 8.5 miles of singletrack this year. Unless more money is raised, we might have to shorten this year’s project.

If you haven’t already contributed, and you want to see real singletrack built in Anchorage, please consider donating now. Tell your friends. Ask if your employer has a matching contribution program.

Donations made to Singletrack Advocates through Alaska Trails (our 501(c)3 partner) are tax-deductible. Donations made online directly to Singletrack Advocates are not tax deductible, but you can go to the blog site and click on the "Donate Now" button to give through PayPal.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please write a check payable to Alaska Trails and mail it to: Singletrack Advocates, P.O. Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99524.

If you're a mountain biker, you know singletrack is a good investment. Help us get it built. Please.

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