Grant to provide new mountain bike track in Tuscaloosa | News
A $15,000 grant will help pay for a specialized mountain biking track at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa, Gov. Robert Bentley announced Tuesday.
The money will be used to build a "pump track," a short but intense dirt bike course featuring sharp turns and knolls. This type of track is usually popular among cyclists because riders of all skill levels can ride it, according to the Governor's Office.
"Popular recreational pursuits change and evolve, but the mental and physical benefits remain the same," Bentley said. "I am happy to support community efforts that draw people to our parks and playgrounds and promote fitness."
The Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority is proposing to build a 2,500 square feet track near an 11-mile mountain biking trail that already exists in the 340-acre Sokol Park. The West Alabama Mountain Bikers Association will be assisting in the project and has already volunteered labor and equipment.
The $15,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant is being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. PARA is also matching the $15,000 grant, according to the Governor's Office.
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