I dont post on here often but this topic peaked my interest. I run the local Trips For Kids Chapter and we have been looking into creating a Mountain Bike youth Center ( Think boys and girls club but strictly focused on mountain biking). I have been talking with Local Park people about using a regional park that has recently lost its funding and has started to get run down. The thinking was we could come in there and clean up and maintain in it in return for being allowed to set up our youth center there. The only problem with this is we target "at risk" kids and would want this to function as an afterschool program and having an after school program 45 minutes to an hour from the kids we target creates some challenges.
Reading this topic a light bulb went off. What if we created an indoor mountain bike youth center within the Tampa City limits (close to the kids we work with) that would be open to the public with the proceeds going to to operation of our program. This would creat a safe haven for kids to get off the streets, introduce kids to mountain biking, and provide the public with an indoor mountain bike park.
If any of you are truly interested in seeing if something like this really could be created please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will look into creating an exploratory committee that will look into:
- initial start up costs
- possible locations
- possible donors(local, state, and national)