– Editor’s note:
Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody crafted the idea and was instrumental in getting Cascade’s Bicycle STP food/rest stop moved to Yelm City Park from Tenino. Congratulations to Councilor Carmody for her efforts, which led to Yelm receiving this grant for the first time!
– “Cascade gives first-ever STP grant to the City of Yelm”
“Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes will be granting the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and the City of Yelm $5,000 to help fund two community projects. Here’s a glimpse of the project and its impact on the community:
The City of Yelm and the Chamber Foundation are bringing together military and community service clubs to build a war memorial at the park where STP riders stop in Yelm. The memorial will be similar to the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington DC – flowing along winding sidewalks that the City is currently installing where pedestrians and cyclists will travel along, learn about the wars of the past, and pause to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It will be located at the park where STP riders stop in Yelm every year. In addition to the multitude of residents and visitors who regularly visit the park, every bike rider will feel a sense of pride when we put up a plaque thanking the bicycling community for being a part of this momentous memorial.
At City Hall and City Park, which is the gateway of the Yelm-Tenino Trail, we are modifying or installing several features that riders have requested that would make the trailhead more user friendly, specifically: bathrooms, trail map, and water fountain that would allow them to fill up water bottles. We would use the grant to install the last item they’ve requested, but that we do not yet have funded: bike racks. We would like to install several Dero Bike Bike Racks outside of City Hall at the trailhead and at the City Park next to our new Spray Park (coming next spring) so cyclists can secure their bike as they come to read trail maps, get oriented with the community, use the facilities, fill up their water bottles, and cool off from the summer heat.
By Cascade Bicycle Club.