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$110,000 in grants awarded to MTB Atlanta from Fox Trail Trust, Arthur M Blank Family Foundation, Georgia Cycling Association and Bearings Bike Works for “Southside Improvement Project”

(Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia -May 3rd, 2022)

MTB Atlanta has been awarded $110,000 in grant awards for the “Southside Improvement Project” at Southside Park in the City of Atlanta.

This award was gifted from three donors and based around improving the trails at Southside Park to increase diversity in the sport of mountain biking and developing more progressive urban trails to grow mountain biking and passive outdoor recreation in communities of color.

MTB Atlanta partnered with the Georgia Cycling Association and was awarded a $30,000 Fox Trail Trust Grant for the project.  Georgia Cycling Association then added to that award by donating another $20,000.

Bearings Bike Works partnered with MTB Atlanta and was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to build a skills loop and new trails at the park.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to improve the trails at Southside Park by bringing more progression and accessibility to mountain biking in the City of Atlanta Parks system inside of I 285. With the recent addition of the Trust for Public Land funded Thrive Outside stable of bikes housed at the park and the corresponding programming and with three different Georgia Cycling Association teams including the Bearings Bike Works SWAT Composite Team using the trails for practice, we have the perfect place to grow diversity in our sport at Southside by expanding the opportunity to ride in communities of color,” says Brett Davidson Executive Director of MTB Atlanta.” We thank our great partners and grantees for the gift and our MTB Atlanta Pro Trails team is on the ground getting this project started.”

The Southside Improvement Project was approved by City of Atlanta Parks Design in January and work is underway at the park.