October 16th - 23rd BTC Donation Drive
The Portland Parks Foundation is seeking the support of the Bowerman Track Club community in raising funds to build a footbridge over West Burnside, providing a safe passage for runners and hikers on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park.
Connecting 30 miles through Portland’s famed Forest Park, the Wildwood trail serves over 80,000 runners, hikers, and schoolchildren each year. However, a current section of the Wildwood trail crosses over West Burnside, forcing cars to stop unsafely for trail users crossing the road, creating a potentially dangerous situation.
As a club we strive to engage in opportunities that impact our local community. We know that many of us, including Youth, Masters, Elite, and Professional athletes, enjoy using Forest Park and its numerous trails, and as a community based club we support this local initiative. Donating is not required of our members, but please consider doing so if you are able. This bridge will go a long way for the future safety and running accessibility in our community. $5, $10, $50 -- anything is helpful!
BTC will set a matching program within the club where donations made by individual pros, masters, elites and youth families will be matched by club funds, up to $1,500. Additionally, the Portland Parks Foundation will have an anonymous donor pledging to match the first $25,000 given beyond the original fundraising goal, setting our donations to be quadrupled in value.
To donate, club members can visit www.oregonskitchentable.org/footbridge-over-burnside and indicate “BTC” or “Bowerman Track Club” on their donation. The Burnside Footbridge campaign runs Oct. 16 - Oct. 23. If you have already made a donation to the footbridge, send us an email with your name to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add your donation to our match pool.