Elings Park Receives Funding for Trail Additions and Improvements

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SAGE Trail Alliance Executive Director Dillon Osleger (left) and Elings Park Executive Director Dean Noble at Santa Barbara’s Elings Park.
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Elings Park’s nine miles of public trails will be improved, expanded, and sustained over the next 20 years thanks to the financial support of the Trek Foundation. Work begins later this month by the local Sage Trail Alliance, which has provided volunteer trail stewardship for decades. The donation also includes for the creation of a trail map covering the entire Park, which will be available to the public for free and featured on two new information kiosks.

“We have experienced an explosion of trail use due to the COVID quarantine and the growth in the popularity of mountain biking,” said Dean Noble, Elings Park’s executive director. “This generous funding will take our trails from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’, and also benefits the Park’s many walkers and hikers who share the trails with cyclists.”

Elings Park is one of four initial projects funded by the Trek Foundation, which was established in July 2021 by Trek Bicycle, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of bicycles and related products. The project met funding criteria designed to ensure a meaningful, long-lasting contribution to the community, its riders, and the planet.

“Our world needs more people on bikes and people need great places to ride those bikes,” said Bob Burns, Trek Bicycle Vice President of Advocacy. “This investment in Elings Park will help get more people on their bikes and outside in the awesome ecosystems of the Central Coast.”

In addition to maintaining existing trails, SAGE will also develop new trails and provide ecologic restoration of key areas.

“For over 20 years, SAGE has worked with Elings to provide free trail access in town, now we look to the next 20,” said Dillon Osleger, SAGE executive director. “We are ecstatic to begin a new phase with our longtime partner the Trek Foundation to improve the experience and landscape for all users, and to help make Elings Park the epicenter of outdoor activity in Santa Barbara.”

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Ahlia Dec 01, 2021 06:50 AM
Elings Park Receives Funding for Trail Additions and Improvements

Great news ! Since Dean Noble took over management of this precious resource to our community, Eling's Park has made SO many improvements ( & continues to make them) ! This is a good example of how one person can inspire those around him to join in and help make our world a better place to live in . Thank you to ALL of the volunteers and donors who continue this : "WORK THAT IS LOVE MADE VISIBLE" :-)

pkww Nov 30, 2021 09:39 AM
Elings Park Receives Funding for Trail Additions and Improvements

I am not a mountain biker but I LOVE Sage Trail Alliance and the work they do. It truly benefits hikers, walkers, runners more than we know. I encourage all to donate a little this year if you are a trail user anywhere in the area.

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