The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA,) began crowd fundraising on November 6th for a large, dynamic trail facility and bike park in the north end of Wallace Marine Park.

Using IndieGoGo, the group aims to raise $75,000 before December 31.

Called the Wallace Bike Park and Trail Facility, the project will contain two miles of cross country single track trails and two pump tracks (a dirt course with jumps and bumps) including one for children and beginners and a second for more advanced riders.

The cross-country trails will integrate bicycle trail features (features built to challenge riders) throughout.

When complete, the Bike Park “will help to make Salem more livable for both current and prospective residents,” SATA says.

The crowdfunding initiative is only one component of the overall fundraising campaign for a project that may run to as high as $120,000, SATA says.  It will also be applying for grants, which often require a cash match, holding fundraiser events and working closely with potential business donors.  The facility will be financed 100% by private donations and grants.

“Amenities like this facility have the potential to drive our community socially and economically,” SATA says. “One of the reasons we’re starting with Wallace (yes we want to build more!) is that this facility will compliment the nationally recognized softball complex” at Wallace Marine Park.

The group has been working for more than two years with the City of Salem, designers and the public.

For more information go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wallace-marine-bike-park-trail-facility.

SATA’s fundraising video is available on the Salem Weekly web site and Facebook page.