One idea that's floating around for the downtown area and its neighborhood association, CANDO, is a public bike workstand for minor repairs.
It's Neighborhood Parks Grant time. SPF boardmembers will be visiting all 19 of Salem's Neighborhood Associations over the next month talking about the neighborhood parks grants. If there is an item you would like added to your neighborhood park, work with your neighborhood association in applying for one of our grants.Folks downtown are interested in talking about a repair station.
Last year we approved grants for a security light in Eastgate Basin Park, an information kiosk in Aldrich Park, replacement of the gazebo roof at Nelson Park, a piece of exercise equipment at Englewood Park and a chess table at the new Hoodview Park opening this year. We hope you come up with some great ideas. The application will be given to each chairperson when we attend the meeting and will also be available on our website later this month. We look forward to receiving some great grant applications this year.
One set of products that has been talked about are the bolted down pump and stand, sheathed in steel, offered by BikeFixStation.
But there is also need. One location that has been talked about is the vicinity of Union and Front. There the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway intersects with the Union Street Railroad Bridge and other local bikeways. This intersection is also close to Marion Square Park with the skate and bmx bowls. And it is also not far from the Union Gospel Mission, which might have the densest concentration of bike parking in the City. A free facility like this should be available to all.
|Union & Front: RR Bridge, Marion Square BMX Park,|
& Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway
So that's one idea. Do you know of other high-bike areas at or near city parks that could use a workstand, especially in the downtown area?
As the announcement says, Parks Foundation grants have also funded shelters, and it might be possible to put a roof over a workstand. At one time there was also Vision 2020 talk of installing one of the wayfinding kiosks on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway as a way to draw people on bike into downtown.
Do you have other ideas for ways to make a workstand exceedingly useful? What do you think of the idea?