Contact: Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins Email: email@example.com Phone: 541.396.7539
Jon-Paul Bowles, Executive Director, Travel Southern Oregon Coast Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 503.421.7504
Coos County wins $150,000 in funding for Whiskey Run Mountain Biking Trail
Coquille, Oregon, August 5, 2018: Coos County’s newest mountain biking trail, Whiskey Run, is set to expand. Coos County was awarded a $100,000 grant from Travel Oregon and will receive an additional $50,000 match from Travel Southern Oregon Coast.
The first ten miles of the new trail opened in June 2018. “We hope to build 30 miles of world class single track,” said Coos County Commissioner Melissa Cribbins, who has spearheaded the effort along with Travel Southern Oregon Coast. “These funds are a big step toward that goal.”
Whiskey Run is satisfying the growing local demand for more mountain biking infrastructure. “It’s also an important part of our economic development strategy for the county.” Commissioner Cribbins explained.
Outdoor recreation and tourism is a growing sector on the southern Oregon coast. According to the Oregon Travel Impacts study, visitors spent over $271 million in Coos County in 2017. Tourism directly employs 3,300 people in the county.
“We want to help get more people outside, enjoying the beauty of our woods and water,” said Jon-Paul Bowles, Executive Director for Travel Southern Oregon Coast. “Whether it’s helping fund Whiskey Run, water trails, or promotional materials, our goal is to show off the best of the south coast and encourage people to spend more money at local businesses.”
The Whiskey Run opening event, held on June 9th, 2018 attracted over 100 people.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised,” said Coos County Forester Lance Morgan. “There are cars at the trailhead every day. I’ve seen license plates from Arizona, Utah, and all over.”
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