Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA), in partnership with Trinity Bikes, is planning a membership drive/fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at General Duffy’s Waterhole in Redmond. This event will take place in conjunction with General Duffy’s Saturday Market.
COTA is a nonprofit who’s mission is to develop, protect and enhance the Central Oregon mountain bike experience through trail stewardship, advocacy, collaboration and education. COTA has six chapters, 2,000 members, and individuals who spend more than 10,000 hours a year volunteering.
Since 1992, COTA’s worked to build and maintain more than 500 miles of trails in Central Oregon. Moving forward, they have a number of active projects in the pipeline with plans to significantly expand our trail system throughout the region.
One project is completing the construction of Stinger Trail at the Cascade View Trailhead in Redmond. This is a project that’s been in the planning process the past 12 years. Also on the radar for COTA’s Redmond Chapter is Radlands — a community network of 10-12 miles of trail which is biking distance from town.
COTA hopes to fulfill its mission with donations/sponsorships from the communities it serves — and increasing membership in Redmond is an immediate priority for COTA.
The goal for COTA’s Redmond Chapter is to add 70 new members to accelerate trail building and increase the number of volunteers in the area.
Where does your money go? Staff to manage and advocate for trail planning and building. Professional trail builders (when needed) so new trails can get built faster or when too complex for volunteer-only teams. Equipment such a trucks or skid steers. Tools, trail signage, storage facilities, insurance, volunteer support, general operating expenses etc.
Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor? COTA’s social media channels have more than 10,000 followers — and organizations donating $500 or more get a linked logo and copy about your organization on COTA’s website, which had 22,000 unique visits in 2020.
If you’d like to talk trails and learn more about COTA, plan to come by General Duffy’s Waterhole Saturday and speak with Dan Murray, COTA’s Development Director.
If you’re unable to attend the event but would like to become a COTA member, you can do so easily (and securely) online at www.cotamtb.com for as little as $30 annually.
If you have questions, or would like additional information regarding COTA membership, donations, or sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Dan directly at email@example.com or 301-980-2170.