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Sturgis to make improvements at bike park

March 23, 2019 GMT

STURGIS — The city of Sturgis will spend more than $87,000 to make improvements at the Sturgis Bike Park in the coming year.

The Sturgis City Council Monday voted unanimously to approve the project to build a parking lot and a short concrete bike path connection over Bear Butte Channel.

The Sturgis Police Athletic League spearheaded an effort to build the Sturgis Bike Park which sits east of Woodle Field. It was finished in 2018 and has been extremely popular.

But the parking area adjacent the bike park is dirt. Any runoff from the Woodle Field parking lot drains down into that dirt area making it hard to drive on, said Sturgis City Engineer Liz Wunderlich.

This project will add storm drainage and an asphalt surface on the parking lot.

It also calls for construction of a concrete bike path to be added over Bear Butte Channel to connect with the existing concrete bike path near the soccer fields.

Wunderlich’s estimate for the project was $78,351.57.

“It’s kind of hard with small projects because you are either way under or way over,” she said.

The low bidder was A & L Contactors, LLC, of Spearfish with a bid of $87,669.

Other bidders were: Tru-Form Construction, Black Hawk, $90,340; Site Work Specialists, Rapid City, $110,510; GTI Companies, Spearfish, $90,864.58; RCS Construction, Rapid City, $129,768.77; Complete Construction, Rapid City, $120,245.95; and Sacrison Paving, Whitewood, $92,383.45.

Wunderlich said construction could begin this spring, but the contractor would need to work around dates when Sturgis hosts track meets at Woodle Field. The brunt of the work would be done this summer, she said.

The Sturgis PAL Board of Directors in January announced that they are beginning fund raising efforts to make a major addition to the Sturgis Bike Park beginning this spring.

Officials said they hoped to raise more than $45,000 to add another large paved pump track.

“This addition will obviously make the Sturgis Bike Park larger and able to handle even more kids during the busy summer months,” said PAL Executive Director and Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater.

The group has planned a fundraiser for the park addition for Saturday, April 13, at The Knuckle Brewing Company in Sturgis. There will be silent and live auctions as well as a 50/50 drawing.

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