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Residents are invited to learn about the bike park at the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission meeting on Monday, March 11, at City Hall, 12800 Ravine Parkway S. in Cottage Grove. This would be the first bike park in the east metro area.
At 6 p.m., there will be a short presentation by the Bike Park Task Force. An opportunity for one-on-one conversations with task force members, commissioners and city staff will follow. At 7 p.m., the commission will review the bike park work plan and make a recommendation to the City Council. Residents may speak at either forum.
Bike parks are a system of off-road dirt paths with built-in “natural” features that allow for jump, pump or slalom riding. They are smaller than mountain bike paths and are built for recreational users of all ages and bicycling abilities.
Discussion to focus on domestic violence
A community discussion on domestic violence, including a number of experts on the topic, is set for 6-9 p.m. March 18 in the main lecture hall at Park High School, 8040 80th St. in Cottage Grove.
The session will begin with a showing of the powerful short documentary, “Telling Amy’s Story,” dealing with domestic violence and domestic violence homicide. The film will be followed by a presentation on risk factors for domestic homicide, information on victim services from the Tubman Shelter, and a panel discussion involving law enforcement, Tubman and domestic violence survivors.
The “Clothesline Project,” a memorial to victims of domestic violence, will also be displayed.
Register by e-mailing Det. Sgt. Randy McAlister of Cottage Grove Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-458-6017.
Kevin Giles, JIM ANDERSON