BILLINGS, Mont. – Billings TrailNet obtained a good-looking donation Friday from bike owner and retired fireman, Dick Charbonneau, plus a number of important contributions from different donors wishing to see extra trails developed.
Final 12 months Charbonneau donated $60,000 towards the event of a small part of the Skyline Path which was constructed in the summertime of 2020. A plaque bearing his identify is embedded within the path. The remainder of the $3 million Skyline Path will likely be constructed by summer season of 2022 with funds from a grant awarded to the Metropolis of Billings from the Federal BUILD program.
Charbonneau has fond reminiscences of lengthy bike rides in and round Billings, and wish to assist others benefit from the outdoor safely, away from visitors.
“These trails make it a complete lot safer,” says Charbonneau.
Billings TrailNet additionally obtained a big donation from an nameless donor who was hit by a automobile that fled the scene final summer season because the bike owner was using on Backyard Ave.
The sufferer later obtained a settlement from his insurance coverage firm for an uninsured motorist declare. He generously gave a big portion of the settlement ($2,500) to fund extra path work “so others hopefully received’t need to undergo the same expertise.”
“I’m grateful for Billings TrailNet and all it does to create safer locations to recreate,” he says.
“The multiuse path and bike lane system has come a great distance since I moved to Billings. I just like the imaginative and prescient that Billings TrailNet is bringing to the group and I really feel safer with every growth,” he continues in a letter he despatched to Billings TrailNet, alongside along with his verify.
Billings TrailNet has been elevating funds for path growth for the Metropolis of Billings since 2002. Over the previous 20 years the group has raised greater than $1 million by way of its principal fundraiser, Ales for Trails, and from particular person and company donations. These funds have been leveraged by the Metropolis of Billings to win grant awards which have enabled town to construct greater than 40 miles of trails in Billings.
Whereas these donations present matching funds essential to obtain path constructing grants, these grants are uncommon and very aggressive. So as to present the Billings group with protected trails to high school, to work and to leisure areas, town will want not less than $10 million to construct these routes.
Donations will be made to Billings TrailNet on-line at billingstrailnet.org/Donate, or by calling 406-281-1244.