Jones Trust Announces $1.1 Million Grant For Mountain Bike Skills Park
NWA’s Newest Mountain Bike Skills Park Announced
SPRINGDALE, ARK—January 10, 2017–
The Jones Trust is pleased to announce the construction of a new 2.75-acre Mountain Bike Skills Park on The Jones Center campus in downtown Springdale. The new Bike Skills Park will be named “The Runway” with the intention of capturing the imagination of cyclists and due to its adjacent location across Emma Avenue from the Springdale Municipal Airport. The Bike Skills Park will have three skill development lines, a pump track, a children’s bicycle playground and pavilion. “The Runway” park is made possible by a $1.1 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.
“With the growing interest in mountain biking and cycling in NWA, “The Runway” will become the premier place for families to learn the skills required to enjoy the beautiful trails in the NWA Wilderness. The venue will be world-class and become another addition to the recreation amenities already offered at The Jones Center.” – Ed Clifford, C.E.O. of the Jones Trust
“The Runway” Bike Skills Park will allow children of all ages to come to a safe location to develop the necessary abilities to manage the outdoor trails system being built around the region. Programming will include workshops, hands on instruction, and local competition where beginners to highly skilled cyclists can hone their skills prior to taking to the natural trails around the region.
“The Runway” will be designed in collaboration with Ozark Off Road Cyclists and Crafton Tull, with additional design/installation support from numerous area cycling groups. There is further survey and planning work to be done on the Bike Skills Park before a ground-breaking date can be announced.
“We are excited to partner with Ozark Off Road Cyclists and Crafton Tull to guide and assist us with development of the Bike Skills Park. They are the mentors, trail builders and experts at building low maintenance skills parks. This partnership will allow our youth to develop the necessary skills to succeed in the beautiful NWA trails region.” - Mike Gilbert, Chief Operating officer - the Jones Trust.
About the Jones Trust
The Jones Trust is a 501c nonprofit organization located in Northwest Arkansas committed to serving the region utilizing the values and standards set by founding philanthropists Harvey and Bernice Jones. For more than 20 years, the Jones Trust has been a leader in nonprofit excellence through collaboration, cooperation, and community visioning. The Jones Trust operates four key facilities: The Jones Center, Center for Nonprofits at The JTL Shop, Center for Nonprofits at St. Mary’s, and the Harvey Jones Education Building. Nearly 80 nonprofit organizations and agencies provide important education, medical and social services from these properties located in Benton and Washington Counties. By supporting these organizations, The Jones Trust is a partner in creating a vibrant and sustainable future for Northwest Arkansas.
For more information, please contact Mike Gilbert, Chief Operations Officer – the Jones Trust, at 479-756-8090 ext. 2145 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.