City of Fresno chosen to receive$600,000 to develop elite Bike Park

FRESNO , CA ( September 22, 2005) – The City of Fresno Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department is excited to announce that is has been chosen as the recipient of a $600,000 competitive grant award to construct a concrete freestyle bike park at the Mosqueda Community Center in Southeast Fresno. The grant will allow development of the only concrete facility designated for freestyle biking in the Central Valley, and will serve the significant demand to have a safe, high-quality, local venue for bikes.

The award came through the competitive California State Parks, State Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Program, as part of the 2002 Resources Bond Act (Proposition 40). The Department will provide a $200,000 match with additional Proposition 40 funds and is working feverishly to establish a ground breaking date. Fortunately, PRCS has on staff the 2004 National Bicycle League Grand National Champion, Ryan Garcia, who will offer expertise in design and marketing. Garcia indicated that this achievement could throw Fresno into the running for regional and national events related to the sport, such as Olympic qualifying trials for BMX Racing – a new sport being added to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Contact: Amy Couture, PRCS Grant Writer, 621-2914

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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