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$15,000 raised for Truckee Bike Park Project

A series of fundraising efforts last year by a local pizza parlor generated $15,000 for the Truckee Bike Park Project, organizers said.

The money, which was raised throughout the year, will be used to help build a straight rhythm line, a dual pump track, and four slopestyle lines at the bike park.

The estimated cost is $200,000 for the additional features at the bike park, which is located at 12200 Joerger Drive adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport.

Ray Villaman, president and chief executive officer of Tahoe Restaurant Group, said the money was largely raised at events held at Northstar California Resort and Squaw Valley.

“The park has been giving kids and adults a convenient, safe and well-maintained place to ride for the past six years, at no charge.”

— Brooks McMullin

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The restaurant group, which consists of four eating establishments in the Truckee area, has a location at each resort. Rubicon Pizza Company is at Northstar, and Fireside Pizza Company is at Squaw.

Each year, employees from the eating establishments choose a nonprofit to which they dedicated fundraising efforts. Last year, Rubicon employees chose the Truckee Bike Park Project, which is operated by the nonprofit Biking for a Better World.

"When there is a major event at the ski resorts both of our restaurants will man a pizza cart out on the patio. It's the only time we sell pizza by the slice," he said.

In order to save money and increase profit, volunteers from the nonprofit help man the cart. Employees from Rubicon also volunteered their time.

The money raised went into a fund, and at the end of the year a check for $15,000 was presented to Truckee Bike Park Project officials. A party to celebrate the fundraising efforts was also held earlier.

"We're so grateful to the management and staff of Rubicon Pizza Company for the opportunity to raise funds for the bike park," said Cortney Knudson of Biking for a Better World, which she started with Brooks McMullin to plan, develop and operate the bike park.

Biking for a Better World also partners with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, Truckee Tahoe Airport District and Truckee Sanitation District to help with land use and some maintenance at the park.

The park has about 45,000 guests each year.

"The park has been giving kids and adults a convenient, safe and well-maintained place to ride for the past six years, at no charge," McMullin said.

"It's a phenomenal asset to our community and with support from local organizations like Rubicon Pizza Company and individual donations, we'd like to continue to offer it as a free amenity and to continue to grow in the future."

Staff writer Wyatt Haupt Jr. can be reached at 530-550-2652 or via email at whaupt@truckeesun.com.