One of the Elkford BIking Club’s youngest members and fundraisers, Carter Meldrum, on site at the future Elkford Bike Park. (Image courtesy of Jason Meldrum)

One of the Elkford BIking Club’s youngest members and fundraisers, Carter Meldrum, on site at the future Elkford Bike Park. (Image courtesy of Jason Meldrum)

Teck to match Elkford Bike Park donations

The company will match donations up to $25,000 made to the future park

Teck will be matching donations up to $25,000 made towards the Elkford Bike Park.

“Since the beginning they have supported us and our vision,” said Jason Meldrum of the Elkford Biking Club, which has been securing support and donations for a proposed bike park in Elkford for the last two years.

Meldum said Teck had also supported the park by hosting the outdoor movie nights in summer 2021, from which all proceeds were donated to the park. With the commitment to match donations, the park can be completed that much faster.

The bike park and pump track has been in the works since 2020 when Meldrum first started a campaign for more outdoor activities for young Elkford residents.

Since then the project has received support from the District of Elkford, a $250,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust and continual community donations.

READ MORE: Elkford Biking Club releases teaser of bike park

The park, which will be built in Elkford’s downtown area along the Boivin corridor will cost $385,000 (and change) to construct. Currently, the biking club has plans ready to go for the park, which will include a paved pump track, a mountain biking trail with lots of features, park benches and mining features as a nod to Elkford’s mining heritage.

Fundraising for the park continues ahead of its planned summer 2022 construction, with Meldum hoping to close the gap in funding before they break ground.

“We have been very fortunate to receive funds from grants, the District of Elkford, and local companies. With Teck’s offer to match all funds up to $25,000 we are very hopeful the community and local businesses are going to come to bat for us and make sure this gets done for summer 2022,” said Meldrum.

The Elkford Biking Club will be hosting the barbecue for the Elkford triathlon on June 5, with plans for a cash raffle to help raise what will hopefully be the final much-needed funding for the project.

READ MORE: Elkford’s bike park $250k closer



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