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Young bicyclists will have a place to ride and learn thanks in part to a donation announced today. El Pomar Foundation has donated $60,000 toward the completion of a youth bike park at Fountain Park, adjacent to the Hillside Community Center.

“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,” said Mayor John Suthers. “This is a wonderful example of how public-private partnerships can benefit our community as a whole.”

The bike park is one of several projects made possible in part by a Great Outdoors Colorado (COCO) grant and Generation Wild Initiative which aims to connect families with the great outdoors. The total cost of the bike park is approximately $200,000. This latest donation means The City of Colorado Springs’ Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department now has the necessary funding to begin construction. The bike park will be approximately 3 acres and is scheduled to open by this fall.

“We are excited and proud to provide programming at this facility for the newest bicyclists in our community,” said Daniel Byrd, Kids on Bikes executive director. 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.

This donation is 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 William J. Hybl, El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO. “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.”