Sometimes, the reason for things just comes ringin’ through.
I stopped by the bike park yesterday for a few minutes. There were a ton of kids onsite, and they were riding everything. I talked with some of their parents, who were excited about the work we had done and very appreciative.
They told me it was one kid’s birthday. His parents had asked him what he wanted to do for his special day. His choices included video games, the movies, and Chuckie Cheese. He said he wanted to go biking.
Despite the fact that the kid has never worked on trail, I immediately made him a member of Growlers Gulch Racing.
Seeing those kids riding the pump track, hitting the elevated trail and rolling off the drops – all the while whooping and laughing – reminded me why all the planning and all the hours are totally worth it.
The birthday kids had helmets. Two girls who were there with a friend and her dad did not. I talked with the dad about it, asked him to see if he could find helmets for them the next time.
Instead of punching me, he thanked me for all of the work we’ve done. He works for M & M Transport and mentioned that he might be able to deliver some big-ass loads of bark dust or chips if we can use them for landscaping.
I know it’s tough at this stage – with the monthly work parties and everything at the site fragmented and in disarray. But if we can stick with it, we are going to have something we can all enjoy and be proud of.
If you haven’t noticed how things have been working, let me break it down for you – those of us on the bike park board understood from the start that we would be carrying most of the weight. We are completely good with that.
I do my best to make sure the rest of you don’t get hit with work party requests too often. That said, sometimes we need your help. When the call comes, step up if your schedule allows.
When you’re down there watching those kids, you’ll be glad you did.