MORE had a busy weekend. In addition to the Project Clean Stream on Saturday, MORE hosted a FUNraiser for the Rockburn Skills Park in Howard County on Sunday. All proceeds from the fundraiser went to support the construction of the expanded skills park at Rockburn Branch Park. MORE was instrumental in developing the area’s first pump track, a series of dirt jumps cyclists can practice skills on, without pedaling. Just “pump” the handlebars, shift your weight and coast through the turns. The pump track is just the beginning.
The event kicked off with trail rides at 1pm led by local racing legends Marla Streb and Chris Eatough. The family picnic started at 3pm featuring BBQ and beverages by DuClaw’s. Over 300 attended to celebrate the recreational biking improvements coming to the park. Event organizer Melanie Nystrom indicated that over $10,000 was raised during the event in addition to another $30,000 in corporate and anonymous donations. A portable stunt park was set up for the event for kids of all ages to test their skills.
Event sponsors include: MORE, REI, Diamondback, Twenty 20 Cycling, Family Bike Shop, Stonebridge Advisors, Howard County, Clif Bar, IMBA, Patapsco Bike and Sport, Performance Bike Shop, Race Pace, Bike Doctor Linthicum, Elkridge Chiropractor and Physical Therapy, DuClaw Brewing, H & S Bakery, Elkridge Youth Organization, Single Speed Outlaw, Land Design and Development and Gore.
The picnic ended with a raffle drawing for some free bikes including
Cannondale Flash MTB
Specialized Stumpjumper FSR full suspension MTB
Diamondbike Assault Dirt Jump Bike 2012
Performance Bike Shop gift card worth $250
Developing the skills park required more than mounds of dirt. Construction starts next week on a full on skills park complete with boulders, rock armored climbing trail, easy flow trail with in-sloped turns, more difficult flow trail with tabletops, berms and rockdrops. Check out the details here. No need to wait for this dream to become a reality. Melanie anticipates the skills park to be complete by the June 2nd Grand Opening. Professional trail builders will be working full time for the next 4 to 6 weeks on the park. Construction materials have been donated by Land Design and Howard County with a Recreational Trails grant for equipment rental through the State Highway Administration. Howard County has supported this project from the beginning and County Executive Ken Ullman is scheduled to open the park.
If you missed Sunday’s event, be sure to attend the June 2nd grand opening when the jumps will be bigger and the smiles will be wider.
Thanks to Melanie Nystrom and Dave Ferraro from MORE!