Cycle Adirondacks, in partnership with Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation, have announced they are seeding and raising funds for community generated projects in Speculator, Inlet and North Creek as part of its CycleADK Gives program.
The three communities will serve as overnight hosts for CycleADK’s 2018 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, which will draw over 230 cyclists from across United States and Canada to the Adirondacks from August 18-24 for a weeklong bicycle tour highlighted by free community entertainment each evening of the event.
This summer’s tour begins in Speculator, who is using the opportunity to raise funds for the Sacandaga Pathway, a 1.5-mile long boardwalk and path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest, and upland timber areas accessible to all fitness levels.
During the event, CycleADK participants will help with a few improvements for the pathway. A number of rustic benches have been made and will be placed in locations throughout the pathway for guests to rest upon. Some trail modifications and moving of gravel to parts of the path will also be a part of the project.
Fern Park, which will serve as the overnight camp during the Ultimate Cycling Vacation, has been in need of an outdoor drinking fountain to meet the needs of the many activities and recreational users of the park.
With the help of CycleADK, the fountain will complement the recreational assets of the park along with many other large events held at the park, such as community picnics, weddings, craft shows, concerts, a ping pong ball drop, renaissance fairs, mountain bike races and others.
While CycleADK is in North Creek, guests will be able to help re-landscape the Tannery Pond Community Center with a native, pollinator and bird-friendly garden which will accent the building while providing food for local species.
Working with local native plant specialists including the ADK Action Pollinator Project, CycleADK will help convert up to three planting beds into examples of what can be planted around public buildings to encourage biodiversity.
Each campaign is hosted on the Adirondack Foundation’s online platform AdirondackGives.org with a goal of $1000 for each. Once that goal is reached, CycleADK will add an additional $1000 to the campaign with support from a grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation.
A percentage of proceeds from the June 29-July 1 Weekender helped fund year-round education programs at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. Revenue from the July 15 Ride for the River directly supported the conservation work of the Ausable River Association and the September 29-30 Harvester will raise funds for the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund.
The 2018 Weekender and Ultimate Cycling Vacation events also support the Adirondack Mountain Club, the official conservation partner of CycleADK.
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