Up close and personal

Donors get first-hand look at Jakes Rocks trail project

Robyn Young of the Northwest Commission rides one of the Trails at Jakes Rocks during the Donor Day event on Wednesday.

Building a serious mountain bike trail system takes time, hard work, and money.

This week, the leaders of the Trails at Jakes Rocks effort invited donors to get out and see, and use, the new trails, and meet the people building them.

“To date we’ve raised just shy of $700,000 from foundations, corporate and individual donations, and U.S. Forest Service funds,” Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI) President and CEO Jim Decker said. “The concept was to give the folks who have supported the Trails at Jakes Rocks an opportunity to see exactly how their funds have been used and what we’ve created here collectively.”

“We’re trying to highlight the trails and the people who have helped support them,” WCCBI’s John Papalia said.

Decker led a group on a tour of some of the completed trails. Many contributors brought their own bikes, but there were bicycles and helmets available for those who didn’t have them but wanted the full experience.

There were four representatives from the Phase II contractor, Dirt Artisans, on hand to talk about the project.

Part of Decker’s tour took visitors to where Dirt Artisans was cutting new trail.

“We’re pleased by the response from our sponsors,” Decker said. “The Community Foundation of Warren County is our lead sponsor.” Representatives of several other major contributors also attended Donor Day at the trails including the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, Whirley Drinkworks, Targeted Pet Treats, and the U.S. Forest Service.