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Knoxville wins $100K Bell Built Grant

Published June 9, 2015

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club of Knoxville, Tenn., garnered the most votes — more than 26,000 —and is the recipient of the full $100,000 Bell Built grant to build its gravity trail at the Urban Wilderness Trail Park.

The bike park is being constructed with a range of trails that will appeal to a variety of riders, highlighted by the proposed gravity trail that will feature rock gardens, drops and constructed features in a highly visible area. The park's in the heart of Knoxville. Knoxville won out over other projects in the East, West and Central regions.

The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club said the Urban Wilderness Trail Park offers great views of the city. The park has a lot of beginner and intermediate trails, but lacked a double black diamond trail to challenge more advanced riders. The park has more than 42 miles of trails and is connected to greenways.

Since the Bell Built program's inception in 2013, Bell Helmets and IMBA have received nearly 200 grant applications from IMBA chapters, clubs and land management agencies. IMBA Trail Solutions built and designed the six trail projects over the last two years and will build the Knoxville gravity trail.

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