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Fix the Penrose Park Velodrome!

$16,560 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 15 months
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Check out our first update: Every dollar donated from $5,000 to $10,000 will be matched by an offline donation from the River City Outdoors Fund! When we hit $10,000, we'll actually be at $15,000! Double your contribution now!

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.

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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.

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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

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Fundraising Campaign Update:

To date we have raised over $22,000 in online and offline donations from over 200 donors, with some commitments still coming in! The response has been amazing. The last date to donate through our GoFundMe page will be Sunday, April 15th. We'd love to raise another $1,000 online before Sunday. After Sunday we'll be working with the City of St. Louis to transfer the exact amount they request to finalize funding for the reconstruction project. Once that happens will be back with more updates on the schedule and timing of construction. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far - Let's make one final push through this weekend to make sure we have every dollar we need.
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Hello Everyone,

Since Tuesday, we've had terrific support for Penrose! We've raised almost $9,000 online from almost 90 donors. Thank you all for donating early and helping us get off to a great start. Please let other people know you've donated and encourage them to do so as well. Post the GoFundMe page on your Facebook and Twitter, and encourage people in person too! Let's keep the momentum going. We've also been working on offline contributions, so the total amount we've raised is not all reflected online. At minimum we're already to $14,000. We're doing great thanks to you!
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AWESOME NEWS! Every dollar donated between $5,00 and $10,000 is matched by a dollar from the River City Outdoors Fund. Turn your $10 donation into $20 or your $100 donation into $200. Now is the time to give. Keep the progress going. And let people know they can double their contribution now! Thanks!

(note: the matching contribution from River City Outdoors Fund will happen offline.)
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$16,560 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 168 people in 15 months
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Funds raised will benefit:
Metro St Louis Velodrome Association
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Saint Charles, MO
EIN: 811685634
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