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June 05, 2022 2 min read

The kids are alright...

When the small city of Fortuna, in Northern California, needed to revamp their outdated kids bicycle pump track... numerous volunteers stepped up to the plate including Nathan Knudsen Director of Redding Trail Alliance with his team in their DNVR work boots. 

“I am really happy to announce the re-opening of the bike park pump track,” Fortuna Parks and Recreation Director Cameron Mull told those gathered at the ribbon cutting.



Mull explained that the bike park in Fortuna was built around eight years ago and was a dirt track, which prevented year-round use. Mull gave credit to all who donated to make the upgrade happen, and two people in particular, Curtis Seely, who works for Wahlund Construction and Steven Pearl, a Board Member of the Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association.



“All the volunteer help we got helped the project go very smoothly,” said Pearl, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the community donating everything. It is very inspiring.”



“All materials for the project were donated and this project was completed with purely donations and purely volunteer work,” Mull said. He said donations completely covered the estimated $25,000 to $30,000 cost of improvements to the bike park.



Reacting to all the bicyclists who were enjoying the bike park prior to and after the ribbon cutting ceremony, Curtis Seely said, “It makes my heart really happy to see all these kids here.”



Mull said the paved bike track will be low maintenance and provide many years of use not just for Fortuna residents, but for bicyclists from all over Humboldt County.

The improved bike park has been turned from a dirt track to a paved track so that kids can use the park year round.



It has also been expanded to accommodate smaller children that want to use the park.

Appreciation was expressed to the other donors including Mercer-Fraser Company, Sunbelt Rentals, Humboldt Redwood Company, Allpoints Custom Sign Company, and Redding Trail Alliance.

Sourced from Times Standard, Redwood News