CHISHOLM, MN -- On the Iron Range mine pits are part of the landscape. It's what's done with them when they're no longer in use that creates a future for what once was.
That has been the goal behind the Redhead Mountain Bike Park in Chisholm and now organizers are looking for the community's help to extend the trails and continue sharing the history of mining.
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Discovery Center (MDC), which is the official trailhead to the Redhead, announced a digital crowdfunding campaign to raise $100,000 to help fund phase 2 of the trail system.
Officials said the next phase will include up to 14 additional miles, a mining-themed paved pump track, enhanced user amenities throughout the trail system like water stations, bike pumps, shade shacks, and more.
Jordan Metsa is the Fund Development and Marketing Coordinator for MDC. In a statement he said,
“We are thrilled to be officially launching this campaign and inviting the public behind the fences of the mines that built America. A lot of hard work went into producing this campaign and we hope it helps people get excited about the unearthed potential Redhead has.”
The campaign runs from September 3rd to October 3rd. You can learn more about future plans and how to donate by clicking here.