Andres Bike Park’s Spring Bike Jam is coming up – get ready for a blast. 11am – 5pm, come shred the jumps and trails while RedBull provides the jams via their awesome Fire Truck.
Andres Bike Park and CAMBr will be hosting a Rider Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 27th from 11am to 3pm. There will be food, tunes, raffles, and more! Bring the kids, it’ll be rad.
Redbull will be bringing by a DJ Party truck at about noon with some product to giveaway as well. Special thanks to Red Bull North America for stopping by for some entertainment!
Thank you to PeopleForBikes for the generous $5000 grant that was awarded to Andres Bike Park to build up our beginner and intermediate jump lines. Thank you to Austin Fenwick Grant Director of CAMBR.org for your efforts in winning this grant and to everyone else that was involved. We will continue to build and improve the park for the community of Carpentersville and the Chicagoland region.
Consider joining our volunteer crew or making a monetary donation at www.andrespark.org/donate. Workdays are at the park starting at 5pm on Wednesdays. THANKS!
Andres Bike Park is run by an all volunteer crew and funded by donations from people like you! Every dollar we raise goes straight back into the tails and not into administrative overhead or salary. Consider a donation today!
WOW! What a busy summer. The weather has wreaked HAVOC on the trails at the park but our dedicated volunteer crew has been working hard to keep the park rideable for you all.
Right now, though, let’s have a belated celebration!
Congratulations to Kyle Duthorn for winning our Raleigh bike raffle!
Thank you to each and everyone of you that entered the drawing and a special thanks to Main Street Bikes for your continued contributions to CAMBr and our ever growing bike parks and trail system.
Hey guys and gals. Wanna enter a raffle for a killer bike? Want to help the park in one of the best ways possible? Now you can do BOTH! Head over to www.cambr.org/raffle to enter. $5 for one ticket, $20 for five.
We’ve teamed up with our constant supporters over at Main Street Bikes and Raleigh Bikes to offer up a brand spanking new Raleigh Tokul 2, MSRP $800.00.
Go get your name in while the gettin’ is good. Drawing is July 8th.
First, congratuations to MORC and Cottage Grove Bike Park for winning the Bell Built Grant for the Central Region, getting more votes than we did by a slim margin. Our clubs and projects are similar in scope and we enjoy the same brand of Midwestern community support, volunteerism, and organization. We’re glad to see the grant go to a project so like our own, with the same kind of passion and appeal.
But, we didn’t lose. Not by a long shot.
We got large amounts of exposure to the park. Many people in our own backyard didn’t even know a place like Andres Bike Park existed until they got an email, text, or a post shared by a friend, a parent, or a neighbor. We got messages from parents excited to take their kids to the park for their first bike ride and from seasoned riders who can’t wait to come out and shovel some dirt and shred at the park for the first time. Our fanbase has easily quadrupled in size over a mere two weeks. We couldn’t do this without the support of the people who voted, spread the word about the vote, and beat the Andres Bike Park drum relentlessly over the last two weeks.
We were able to tell the story about a park, which just a year ago, was nothing more than a dumping ground and haven for illicit activity, a scar on the face of a working class neighborhood in the suburbs of Chicago, not worthy of its namesake, that of Keith Andres: a fallen Army Specialist who lost his life in Vietnam. That same park, just a year later, is now a safe place for families to gather and participate in a sport at a specialized park that is unique within hundreds of miles and is trying hard to live up to its namesake.
Our eyes were opened to and we were humbled by the amount of support poured out by the community. The Boys and Girls Club in Carpentersville and the local school kids spread the word and helped out tremendously.
Bike shops and other local businesses made it a point to stop every customer, for just a moment, and direct them to a waiting laptop where they could place their vote for Andres Bike Park. Local bars and restaurants put up signs and welcomed us, even at their busiest while the Blackhawks were playing the Wild, to hand out flyers and set up shop to get as many votes as possible. For the first time, in a long time, we were met with only support, and no resistance, to what we were trying to accomplish.
Also, not enough could be said about our volunteers and members. These guys and gals put in MILES on foot and on bike to physically hand out flyers and talk to every household within miles of the park, and many even further away in the city of Chicago and other suburbs. The coordination of effort from a marketing, communications, social, and grassroots push is unprecedented in the history of CAMBr as an organization, and the community of bikers, and non-bikers alike, responded in a way we didn’t expect.
This experience and this new found energy will fuel the development of Andres Bike Park for years to come. The grant money would have gotten us to our goal faster, but with the support of our community, friends, and family, we will finish this park and make sure it continues to be an asset for a long time to come.
It’s hard to think that with all we accomplished, we lost. WE DIDN’T LOSE, and we have YOU to thank. We’ve only just begun to win.
Thank you for your continued support.
- Chicago Area Mountain Bikers
Hey gang! Mainstreet Bikes has, as always, stepped up huge at the right moment. They are donating one of two bikes, a Redline SYNTAX BMX Bike and a Scott Voltage Y0.2 Dirt Jumper Bike, and all you need to do to get your paws on one is vote for Andres Bike Park! Well, then you need to forward an email…instructions below:
1) Go to http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt
2) Vote for Andres Bike Park
3) You’ll get a confirmation email from Bell Helmets. CLICK ON THE LINK TO COMPLETE YOUR VOTE.
4) Forward that same confirmation email to [email protected]
5) SPREAD THE WORD! SHARE YOUR GOOD FORTUNE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
Check out this great piece in the Courier News by Erin Saunder of the Chicago Sun Times:
There are some quotes from a very enthusiastic resident about why this park is so damn important to us and the community.
Bell Helmets has posted the Bell Built video for Andres Bike Park. Check it out!