VIGO Co.,Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The founders of Griffin Bike Park, Dona and Gene Griffin, are seeing their vision continue to grow.
In 2019, they put in hundreds of hours and a lot of time to submit an application for the Next Level Trails Grant. But, they a road block.
“We turned it in, in November. And then in February or March we were expecting to hear the news,” said Gene Griffin.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic put the process on hold.
In the meantime, they kept working on the plan.
It includes building new trails with the help of professional bikers Tyler McCaul, Jeff Lenosky and Ryan Leech.
“These trails will have a minimum of three signature features for these pros. And the first one’s been in, Jeff Lenosky. He’s been in and he’s given us some really great ideas. We’re going to have some really fun stuff on this trail,” said Rich Moore, the bike park’s manager.
Not too long after Lenoksy’s visit, the park received the grant of more than $500,000 dollars. Now, the plan can really come to life.
Not only is the Griffin Bike Park expansion great for visitors to come and ride at the trails, but it’s also going to be a benefit to Vigo County’s economy.
“They’ll be able to spend a week here riding these miles and miles of trails, the awesome facilities we have here. But in turn for our community, they’ll spend money here, they’ll buy gas here, they’ll eat here. And it’s a benefit for our community as a whole,” said Adam Grossman, Vigo County Parks Department superintendent.
For the Griffins, they said the project is about continuing to use their trails to honor fallen soldiers, including their son Dale.
The expansion will also include the building of a restroom facility.
The first trails are expected to be open summer 2021.