Thank you for considering a donation to Standing Boy Inc. The Standing Boy Trails are the result of volunteer efforts and have been constructed with private dollars. We are excited about expanding the trails and facilities with your help!
- Please make cash gifts via Paypal, Facebook, or via check made out to Standing Boy, Inc. and mailed to Blake Melton at 1111 Bay Ave, Suite 400, Columbus, Georgia 31901. For wire instructions, please email us at email@example.com. Checks or wire transfers are preferable for larger donations because of the percentage-based transaction fee charged by Paypal.
- Please make stock gifts to The Standing Boy Trails Fund at The Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley at 1340 13th St. Columbus, Ga. 31901-2345. Please contact Kelli Parker with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.320.0027.
While gifts of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated, gifts at the following levels will be recognized on the website and eventually at the trailhead:
- Carbon at $100,000 or more;
- Aluminum at $50,000 or more;
- Steel at $20,000 or more; and
- Single-Speed at $5,000 or more.
A video about our 2021 fundraising including additional details can be viewed here on our YouTube channel.
In 2021, your donations will be primarily used for the following projects:
- New Parking Lot
The current parking lot is too small and often full, leading trail users to park on embankments or to leave. It also prevents us from undertaking efforts to introduce more people to mountain biking and generally get more people out on the trails. A new parking lot will be built closer to Old River Road with 70 additional parking spots. There will be connecting trails to existing trails and parking.
- Master Plan Revisions and Flagging
The current Master Plan includes 25 miles of trail. We have asked for revisions to include 36 total miles, including 25 miles of shared-use, 6 miles of hike-only, and 5 miles of bike-only, “gravity” trail. This is an opportunity for no-cost environmental and archeological review and introduces hike-only trails to the property for hikers and runners. Donations will also help cover the cost of the on-the-ground revisions to the proposed corridors, the flagging of the corridors, and the revision of the Master Plan.
- Turn Primary Goods into a Loop
Primary Goods is the main green, beginner-friendly artery from the parking area and is often crowded. Turning the trail into a loop (dark green trail above) will allow for directional traffic as well as provide more space for trail users. The green trails have been the most popular and this means more great green trail!
- Complete Bimini
Due to tornado damage, Bimini (a green, beginner-friendly trail) does not currently access Lake Oliver. Your donations will help us complete Bimini and provide access to the lake. This is especially important for younger trail users who want a goal or destination, not just exercise. Completion of Bimini will allow for the perfect picnic spot with views of Lake Oliver. It will also shorten the distance on gravel road by adding green trail on the south side of the dove field.(Fun fact: The legendary Fountain of Youth sought by Juan Ponce de León was thought to be located in the shallow pools of South Bimini Island.)