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Youth bike park opens next to Hillside Community Center

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The city's first youth bike park, including a street skills course along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course, opened Dec. 19 in Fountain Park next to the Hillside Community Center.

The 3-acre, $240,000 park was funded by private donations, including $60,000 from El Pomar Foundation, and grant money from Great Outdoors Colorado, according to a city statement. GOCO invests a portion of lottery proceeds and awards grants to local governments and land trusts.

"The kids at Hillside Community Center are so excited! Knowing this is the first of its kind in Colorado Springs is very special for them," said Joan Clemons, the director of Hillside Community Center, in the statement. "Local kids have participated in planning for the park and eagerly watched the construction process."

Local nonprofit Kids on Bikes will provide programming at the park.

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