Local Police Officer Endorses Bike Park



For the past year I have been a member of the Maple Street Bike Park Committee working to build a Freestyle Bike Park at the Maple Street Park. I am strongly in favor of this bike park. We have youth involved in the fundraising and planning who will also be involved in building the park itself. I am impressed with the commitment of our youth who are serving on the committee and the interest and energy they bring to this project.

As a police officer I see this Bike Park providing another safe, healthy outdoor activity for our community's youth and adults. The Maple Street Park is a safe environment for this bike park and it provides access to a variety of outdoor activities as well as public amenities.

I also served on the committee that created the Essex Skate Park at Maple Street Park and it has been a great success over the past five years. I believe the Maple Street Bike Park will be as successful in providing our youth with another alternative activity within our community.

- Kurt Miglinas, Youth Services Officer

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 April 2012 23:46


Bike Park Receives State Grant:

Earlier this summer our committee applied for a grant through the Vermont Department of Building and General Services and was awarded $5000! This will go a long way towards reaching our ultimate goal of $35,000. Thanks to the dedicated members of our committee for putting this together and making it happen!

We are currently in the process of fundraisinig and working hard so that we can break ground in the Spring of 2012! We have a number of grass roots fundraising events planned for the next 6 months, so keep your eyes peeled. We are also in the process of reaching out to potential sponsors for support so spread the word and contact us if you are interested in supporting this project!

All donations are tax deductible!

Additional news:

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who we are...Kahlil Zaloom

kahlilbio"I have been riding bikes of all styles for the past 27 years, building trails for the past 7 and working on this project as co-chair for a year and a half. I started racing BMX when I was 11 and after years of racing mountain bikes I started looking for new riding experiences.  At 35 I came back to my roots and began riding street, skateparks and dirt jumps, only this time on bigger wheels.
I believe strongly in the ethic of working for what you want and this project has been a lot of work but has taught me a ton of lessons. I am super excited with the opportunity to bring this park to our town and grateful to have the support of a  progressive parks and rec department like EJRP as well as the support of Essex CHIPS and VMBA!
Thanks to all of the great volunteers and sponsors for their commitment!"

... Andrew Cimonetti

andrewbiog Hi, my name is Andrew Cimonetti and I am 15 years old. I have been riding bikes since I was 5, starting with XC Mountain Biking, and now progressing to Free Ride MTB/BMX Biking. I got involved with the Maple Street Bike Park project back in February of 2010, and am now the Co-Chair of the committee. I cannot wait for this park to happen, It will be a really good asset to Maple Street Park, and the Community as a whole.