Team, along with being part of a great exciting group, you can be proud that we as a club are making a positive change to Calgary.
I had an extremely exciting meeting with the Parks Foundation Calgary on
Friday about the charity that our cycling club has been championing for
the last 2 years. The plan is to create a useful athletic facility for novices
to elite athletes alike that is also family friendly and accessible by all.
Coupled with the amazing Calgary Greenway
Project (which will be essentially a 113km safe training area for cyclists!), a rubberized interval running track of two lengths (400m and 800m)
will be created with a youth park at it's center and a warm up area that
includes an informative exercise interpretive center for youths and novices. The
idea is to have a fun place for children to play within eyesight of their
parent's exercising/training. This way youth can grow up watching their parents
take self-development and exercise seriously and hopefully follow in their
footsteps. The interpretive center will be designed to encourage older youths
and adult novices to use the facility by including tips on etiquette, sample
progressive training routines, suggested lifestyle ideas, and intermediate fun
goals to achieve along their way to ingraining exercise into their life habits.
There will be a Jason Lapierre Memorial overlooking the children's park, the cycling pathway and the running track outlining his work and commemorating the importance of great youth
athletic coaches to our society and will include a unique design that tries to
capture his passion for skiing, running, and cycling. I am extremely excited to
see this project through completion. Our club has been slowly but steadily
raising funds for this through the registered charity umbrella of the Parks
Foundation Calgary and has its own account named the Jason Lapierre Memorial,
account #400960. From anywhere on the Calgary Greenway, which will eventually
encompass the city, a family will be able to ride their bikes (with a
Chariot en-tow) to the facility, have a safe place for their children to play,
and watch their parents exercise. This will be a fantastic resource for Calgary and I am honored to be part of its creation and honored to be part of a club that encourages and values this type of development in our city.
I will bring the plans to the party on Thursday night for people to have a look at!
Sat. 9am Calgary Wheelers Ride | Thurs. Night Training (TNT) 6:30pm | Wed. 6:30pm WNS | Tues. 6:00pm Crits