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Entering its 56th year, the Penrose Park Velodrome is ready for a facelift!
6 years of engagement with the City of St. Louis Parks Dept. has led to an ALMOST fully funded renovation for the velodrome, and boy, does it need it.
This project would:
1) Repair major asphalt cracks prior to resurfacing.
2) Repave the entire surface in a 4 inch coat of fiber reinforced concrete, over the existing asphalt.
3) Build an interior foundation wall that runs the inner circumference of the track, to stabilize the entire structure.
4) Add drainage in the infield by connecting to an existing MSD storm sewer.
This project has ALREADY been bid by St. Louis public works department (BPS) and is simply awaiting the final funding and contract execution. The low bid on the project was $655K and change.
The City has committed (roughly) $635,000 to the project. We are asking the community to deliver the last $20,000 to $25,000 for reconstruction, plus some seed funding to help enhance operations after the track re-opens.
Additionally, the City of St. Louis has ALREADY invested roughly $80,000 in engineering, design, site analysis, soil testing, and cost estimating for a full menu of potential options to renovate the facility.
We are THRILLED that the City of St. Louis has been able to commit this level of funding to the project. It took YEARS of work to secure this funding and advance this project. Unfortunately the best bid was just a little higher than we estimated. But WE WILL get the final dollars into this project to make it happen.
While not identical, this project is very similar to the recent Kenosha velodrome reconstruction (without the subsequent cracking!). New concrete over an existing asphalt base - but our project also includes additional foundation work for stability around the inside edge of the track.
Not only does your contribution help provide the final funding for the project, it is also an important SYMBOL of the support this facility has from around the region. Cyclists have shown great LOVE for Penrose Park over the last decade+, volunteering to maintain a facility that the City had mostly ignored. Let's take this over the FINISH LINE!
Donations are tax deductible, and will flow through the Metro St. Louis Velodrome Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, before being allocated to the City of St. Louis Parks Dept. to complete the contract.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Metro St. Louis Velodrome Association
1115 Claycrest Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63304