On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, Merlin MacNaughton, Stakeholder Relations Manager for FortisAlberta Inc. presented a cheque to the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. The donation, in the amount of $2,500, is in support of the Pump Track Bike Park project.
RCMP NCO, Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King, was on hand to receive the funds, along with Mady Thiel-Kopstein from the Boys & Girls Club. The RCMP have partnered with the Club to raise funds for the Park. Paulina is a member of the Black Diamond Parks & Rec committee and is overseeing this project.
A pump park is a looping trail system of dirt berms and mogul-like mounds that allow cyclists to use their upper and lower body in a pumping motion to maintain speed around the track without pedaling. This style of track also permits younger children to get the enjoyment out of the park by pedaling around.
The bike park will be available to all residents in the area and will be located adjacent to the Outdoor Fitness Park behind the Oilfields Arena in Black Diamond. It is designed to enhance physical activity, health and wellness for families in the Black Diamond area.
“We are proud to support the Boys & Girls Club in their efforts to enhance the quality of life for those who will use the new bike park,” said Merlin.
FortisAlberta’s top priority is the safety and well-being of their customers and employees. We are proud to be a corporate neighbour in Black Diamond and they are happy to support organizations that are important to the vitality and well-being of their customers.
Paulina said they are also busy selling tickets for the Foothills Lions Club Duck Derby which will be held on Parade Day in Black Diamond as the proceeds of the Derby will also be going to the Bike Park.
It is expected that the Park will be open by this summer.
As owner and operator of more than 60% of Alberta’s total electricity distribution network, FortisAlberta’s focus is delivering safe and reliable electricity to more than half a million residential, farm and business customers. The company serves more than 200 communities with 120,000 kilometers of distribution power lines across Alberta.