The first Sandy Cyclopedia will take young and young-at-heart riders through city parks

by: POST PHOTO: JIM HART - Riding bikes through Meinig Park are two volunteers at AntFarm, Zackary Saylor, left, and Sarah Hedden, both of Sandy. Meinig is one of three city parks included in the Aug. 17 Sandy Cyclopedia.To make the dog days of summer more interesting, Otto’s Ski Shop has organized a bike rally that shop owner Andreanne Rode is calling the “Sandy Cyclopedia.” Participants will be searching city parks for clues to solve a mystery.

Bike riders will gather for the Cyclopedia between 8 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Otto’s, 38716 Pioneer Blvd.

Most riders will have preregistered, but some will register before 9 a.m. that day, when the bikers will begin following the designated route to three city parks. Along the way, they’ll be looking for orienteering markers with words to be collected and assembled to create a phrase or sentence.

“The idea is to ride the parks,” Rode said, “collect the words and form a sentence with the collected words.”

When the treasure hunt has ended and bikes and their riders have returned to Otto’s, many prizes will be distributed. At noon, a barbecue lunch is planned for all participants.

A biker has designed the Cyclopedia’s route with riders in mind, taking them through the woods alongside Tickle Creek, into the still-developing Sandy Bluff Park and perhaps skirting the edges of Sandy River Park.

The route is still being developed and parks chosen, but riders can be assured it will be an interesting ride requiring the use of several gears.

Participants can use their own bikes or choose to rent a bike from Otto’s at a discounted rate.

The event is a fundraiser for AntFarm in Sandy, and members of the nonprofit group will provide information to all interested at the end of the event.

AntFarm provides a safe community space for youths who need support and opportunities to network and learn. The space, at 39140 Proctor Blvd., is a community center, with activities occurring onsite, in the community and in nearby mountain areas.

Activities include individual and group support, tutoring, mental health and addictions counseling, art and music development, support for domestic violence safety, educational tutoring, work skills development, life skills training, problem-solving support and making decisions.

Services and activities are provided in collaboration with faith-based programs, social service agencies, law enforcement and justice programs, schools and local businesses.

To preregister for the event, call Otto’s at 503-668-5947.

Adult registration with bike is $15, and with an Otto’s Mountain Bike Rental the total cost is $40. Juniors’ registration costs $10 with their own bike. Participants will receive a map of the parks of Sandy.

Otto’s staff will help with bikes, and youths and staff from AntFarm share information about the nonprofit group and conduct a tour for anyone interested.

To donate prizes to the drawing, call Rode at 503-668-5947.

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