Thursday, February 21, 2008

We need you

We have been hard at work over the past year to bring you Alaska’s first system of soft-surface, narrow trails sustainably built for mountain bikes and foot traffic to meet the need of users who enjoy the recreation opportunities provided by trails that retain more of the natural characteristics of the landscape. This is an update of our fund-raising efforts and a plea to our friends to pitch in and contribute to the project. Today I was notified that we will receive $50,000 from our Recreational Trails Program grant!

To date we have raised $191,571 through federal, state and private contributions. Our fund-raising goal is $264,000. Please consider this an official plea to help us reach our goal.

The Anchorage Park Foundation will match dollar-per-dollar, financial contributions, volunteer time and inkind support toward park projects, up to a maximum of $40,000. We are $72,429 short of meeting our goal. If we raise $40,000 as a group, the Park Foundation will kick in $40,000. Sounds like a good deal to me! I have not pushed hard for private contributions until now. With a good showing from the private community we will reach our goal and make our dream of building singletrack a reality. The Kincaid Project Group sent out a newsletter stating that the ski community steps up for snowmaking . . . NSAA members give generously . . . they have raised $36,000 from 191 members.

If your company participates in a matching gift program, you can leverage even more funds for this project. Your donation is tax-deductible when you contribute to us via our project partner, Alaska Trails, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Make checks payable to Alaska Trails Inc., and send to Singletrack Advocates, PO Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99524

I’d like to thank the following contributors thus far:

Alaska Trails Initiative Grant: $91,571
Private contributions: $10,000
Slana Surveyors Inc.: $1,000
Arctic Bicycle Club: $
4,000
REI Inc.: $5,000
National Park Service, Challenge Cost Share Program: $30,000

State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program: $50,000

TOTAL: $1
91,571

You said you wanted to build singletrack! So let’s get 'er done!!!

Janice Tower
Chair, STA

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds great. Just for clarification, are the trails going to be built according to the proposal that was posted in June ( http://singletrackadvocates.blogspot.com/2007/06/hillside-singletrack-trail-proposal.html )? That plan did an excellent job of utilizing good riding terrain, while also minimizing the effect on other user groups. When I donate, I want to make sure this is still the case. Its important that our outdoor clubs work together like this. Thanks for all your hard work!

Janice said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement and I appreciate your support! Yes, the plan remains the same. This has been a great collaboration and we hope that many users will enjoy these trails.

Janice

Manny said...

How does one go about making a contribution?

Anonymous said...

KSKA has had a public announcement that the Rasmussen Foundation is looking for park improvement projects. Don't know if this would qualify?