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Explore Whitefish awards grants

| April 28, 2021 1:00 AM

The Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau (Explore Whitefish) has awarded its spring 2021 grants to Flathead Area Mountain Bikers and Glacier Nordic Club.

Explore Whitefish awards funds for programs, projects, or events which demonstrate the ability to strengthen the community of Whitefish and to help drive visitation during the shoulder and winter seasons.

Both organizations were recipients of the grant cycle for projects which enhance the livability of the community, benefit both locals and visitors, and promote activities that can be enjoyed throughout the year, according to Explore Whitefish.

FAMB will use the funds to expand the Armory Park Pump Track near Hugh Rogers Dog Park. The pump track provides easily accessible recreation opportunities close to town for visitors and locals of all ages. Expanding this area allows for additional opportunities for the community to enjoy the track. The expanded pump track will be accessible spring, summer and fall offering developed outdoor recreation opportunities for bikers of all ages.

Glacier Nordic Club will replace the aged lighting system at its nordic skiing track at Whitefish Lake Golf Course (the Glacier Nordic Center). Night lighting has been an integral component of the nordic center’s offering, and increases accessibility for skiers by allowing after-dark use. This project will enhance the skiing experience for the thousands of locals and visitors who ski at the nordic center each winter noting in 2020, an estimated 3,500 skiers enjoyed the nordic center.

“We are excited to help support two projects that can be enjoyed by both visitors and locals to help strengthen year-round recreational opportunities in Whitefish,” said Explore Whitefish Executive Director Dylan Boyle

Explore Whitefish is a nonprofit destination marketing organization focused on sustainable growth of the economy of Whitefish by emphasizing its desirability as a travel and recreation destination in fall, winter, and spring to non-resident visitors who appreciate and respect the character of the place, the environment and the people.

Eligible grant applicants must be WCVB member businesses or Montana nonprofit organizations. The next grant application cycle opens on Aug. 1. For more information visit www.explorewhitefish.com.