Urban Single Track Trail Phase 2 is a “GO”!

In May 2017, DUST 2 hired Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail grant. The goal of this grant was to hire Tony Boone to lead construction of Phase II trails, connecting Yamaguchi Park to Reservoir Hill Trail network, with the construction of eight additional trails on Reservoir Hill.  These monies would also be used to supply signs and tools for the project.  The Phase 2 proposal, unanimously approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council, was also about maintaining our long-term commitment and relationship with the Town.

In February 2018, DUST2 was informed that the project had not been recommended for funding by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Grant Review Committee.  While disappointed, we were determined to move forward with a scaled-down version of the Phase 2 project.  The board of directors held a special meeting to determine next steps and develop a revised Phase 2 plan and budget.  With the Town of Pagosa Springs (TOPS) agreeing to allow DUST2 the use of the trail easements and in-kind donations that we had requested for the CPW grant, we were able to revise the project so that the community would still get the core elements of the original Phase 2 proposal without the CPW funds. Our updated budget goal was $30,000 that we would be requesting from the following sources: $20,000 from Archuleta County $5000 from the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) $5000 in private donations from individuals and businesses.  With the easements and in-kind donations from TOPS in addition to the contributions above, DUST2 will be able to:

  • Contract with a professional trail builder
  • Construct the first half of the proposed 2.2 miles of professionally engineered single track trail on Res Hill with connector route to Phase 1.
  • Continue development of the second half of Phase 2 trails on Reservoir Hill.

To date, the Board Of County Commissioners, in a 2:1 vote, agreed to allocate $15,000.00 from Conservation Trust Funds for the construction of our revised Phase 2 project.  In addition to this, the Pagosa Area Tourism Board, Pagosa Outside, Citizens Bank, The Richardson Family, Sherpa Real estate,  First Southwest Bank, Pagosa Mountian Sports, Wolf Creek Wheel Club and the Sewell Family, together donated $9600.00 in previous pledges, successfully funding our revised Phase 2 project.

Tony Boone has stated that he does want to contract with DUST2 to construct our Phase 2 trails and will be available late summer to early fall.

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our Phase 2 trail proposal is that local trail builder, Triston Richarson, will be leading construction of the Bronc Connector trail with help from local volunteers.

Amy Sharp has offered to re-write the grant pro-bono for submission in 2019.  We will be in discussions with Amy Sharp and the Town Of Pagosa Springs to develop a plan of action for 2019 construction.

We are deeply grateful for your continued support and will keep you updated as we progress

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DUST2 Announces 2018 Small Grant Awards

It is with gratitude that DUST2 announces it is the recipient of three small grant awards in 2018.

The Ballantine Family Foundation generously awards small grants to many non-profits in South West Colorado, providing critical support not only for projects and programs but for general operating costs; often the most difficult budget items to fund.

We are truly grateful to the Ballantine Family Foundation for their vision to award grants to any nonprofit they felt would enhance life in Southwest Colorado.

The La Plata Electric Association Round Up Foundation is, as stated on their website, “a community service program organized through La Plata Electric Association, Inc. and funded by LPEA members. It derives its funding when members sign-up to “round-up” their electric bills each month to the next higher dollar. Many cooperatives across the country have formed similar foundations to facilitate a way for the co-op and its members to support deserving friends and neighbors in need.”

DUST2 applied for partial funds to hire an SCC trail crew to provide much-needed trail maintenance.  The LPEA Round Up Foundation fully funded our request.  We are waiting on one more grantor before we are able to hire the crew.

The Southwest Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado is truly a gem in the non-profit world.  Not only do they work to bring many funding sources to our area, but they provide education, networking, and promotion for the many non-profits that serve SW Colorado.  SW Community Foundation offers a wealth of information and resources eliminating many barriers to access for non-profit organizations experience when trying to access such valuable resources.  I truly love this foundation.

DUST2 has been notified that we were chosen to be one of the non-profit organizations to benefit from the 19th Hole Concert Series.  We will be hosting the San Juan Mountain Boys, Saturday, June 28 at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

It is truly an honor to be the recipients of such abundant generosity.  We are thrilled to partner with these donors and will work hard to fulfill our commitment not only to The Ballantine Family Foundation, the LPEA Round Up Foundation, and the SW Community Foundation but most of all to the community we love, Pagosa Springs.

With deepest gratitude,

DUST2 Board of Directors

Annie Sewell

Triston Richardson

Andy Guinn

Ron Houston

Janine Emmets

Chantelle Jordan

Carrie Weinckowski

DUST2 Youth Cycling Team 2018

DUST2 is excited to announce it’s 2018 youth cycling team season!  The team will look a little different this year, as we will be adding a Pagosa Springs High School team.

The High School Team will be competing in the Colorado Mountain Bike League, which is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, NICA.  High school students will have teh opportunity to race against other high school students from across Colorado and New Mexico.

DUST2 will be offering a week-long summer program for 5th-8th grade students during the week of July 23-27, followed by the fall team program starting August 1 and running through October 18.  7th-12th graders will practice together and 9th-12th graders will be eligible to race with the Colorado League in four regular-season races starting at the end of August.  5th and 6th graders can may participate in a fall program tailored to younger athletes with a focus on skill-building and riding rather than racing.

More information can be found at http://www.dustx2.com

Registration opens May 1

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