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Bellevue youth appeals to
council for bike park
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
At a meeting on Nov. 4, Bellevue youth Chase LaPrete, 11, appealed to council to build a bike park at the MDM Complex.
“There are lots of activities happening at MDM and this would give us kids something to do besides driving our parents crazy,” quipped LaPrete.
The Pass has a bike park at the base of the Pass Powder Keg Ski Hill but LaPrete said it’s inaccessible to kids in Bellevue and Hillcrest.
Recreation infrastructure company Hoots Inc. built the Blairmore park in two months. According to the company, the park was built after council invited the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to create a five-year plan to turn the Pass into a mountain biking destination.
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“For us Bellevue and Hillcrest kids to be able to use it, we have to get a ride to Blairmore,” he said. “Our parents do not want us riding on the highway and they can’t drive us everyday.”
While trick or treating on Halloween eve, LaPrete collected 82 signatures from people who support the idea. He presented the survey to council.
Council supported the idea and said they’d consider it in their budget deliberations.
“That was a very good presentation,” said Councillor Bill Kovach. “Thank you very much, you brought it during the right time, it’s budget time.”
“I think it’s a good idea too,” added Councillor Marlene Anctil. “I’m happy to see that young people can come to council when they have a problem. So we’ll try and do our very best for you.”
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