What's Going on at Big Marsh!
To see a place transform and flourish, is to see a place like Big Marsh. Things are looking great thus far and we hope things continue to move smoothly as we thrive to reach out goals at Big Marsh. A Big Thank You to the Chicago Park District for providing black dirt that allowed grass to really flourish during this season of rain.We received four inches of rain and while that may seem bad it actually helped the hold on alot of the riding surfaces. Lauren and Logan decided to experiment with black soil but since the results were better than expected they are going to be continuing to bring in black topsoil and utilize SCA and GreenCorp teams to help to spread soil appropriately and seed, this should make for a nice green spring.
Get excited for a new trail build out! The new trail we have laid out will be a lot of fun and accessible for all skill levels and will have some awesome wooden features to keep things exciting and challenging. Lauren and the Chicago Park District dropped off a load of tree trunks that will be cut and integrated into the trail.
Lauren is working on getting topsoil and seeds for the area around the jumps and it will be crucial to have a volunteer work day (or a few) to help spread and seed it.
A word from Jay Ready
Friends of Big Marsh has begun its 2017 individual contribution campaign. If you are a rider, volunteer, nature lover, or partner at Big Marsh, you know the value of the place and we hope you will support our efforts to increase the programming at Big Marsh and make it more accessible to the community. We are seeking donations in all amounts and will recognize all of them on Facebook and our website, but commemorative chainrings are still available for contributions of $500 or more.
You can send a check to:
Friends of Big Marsh
1000 West Fulton Market, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60627
Big Marsh is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are deductible from federal income tax.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your contribution, please don’t hesitate to contact Jay Readey at 312-404-2585 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting our work with Big Marsh!
Until next time, Thanks for Reading!
Now that the dust has settled, we want to extend a huge thank you to the entire Midwest cycling community for making our 2nd Annual Black Friday CX race memorable! We are humbled by, and appreciative of the support you all shared. I'm proud to announce that this year's event hosted 152 racers, raising nearly $3,000 for future Big Marsh development. AND, we delivered a FULL car-load of food items to First Baptist Church of Maple Park. Nice work Friends!
As the park grows we hope to continue to make our events and races better and better and we couldn’t do that without all the awesome people that come out to ride, and support Big Marsh.
Hope to See you down at the Big Marsh!