While CAMBr didn’t win the Central portion of the Bell Built grant, they haven’t given up hope on seeing Andres Bike Park in Carpentersville, IL become a reality. Instead, they are springboarding off of the exposure that simply being a finalist in the grant gave them in order to host their own fundraiser.
“We’re literally going to just try and target $25,000,” CAMBr President Mike Angus said Tuesday. “We might as well take the initiative and the momentum that we have right now and try to get as much funds raised for the park as possible,” according to the Daily Herald.
With Andres Bike Park having received 11,424 in just two weeks, just shy of the winning project in Minneapolis with 12,322 votes, CAMBr is simply asking everyone that voted for Andres to donate a mere $3. If every single voter donated 3 measly bucks, they’d easily meet the funding amount that Bell would have provided!
According to the Daily Herald, “the fundraiser is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at Andres Park. At the event, organizers will also announce the winners of a raffle for two bikes at Main Street Bicycles. Those who voted for the Andres Park project online were entered to win one of two bikes from the shop.”
For more information, and to read about the unique history of this park, check out the Daily Herald article.