Eight-year-old Maddie Morin-Gladue was one of the first youngsters to try out the BMX-style “pump” track last week at the Enoch Cree Nation.

“I’m excited,” she said, tightening her pink bike helmet while sitting on her saddle. “I think I’m going to be good.”

The track on the western outskirts of Edmonton is the size of a football field and the idea of Don Patterson.

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Enoch First Nation Chief and council, educators, administrators, and most importantly the youth, were beside themselves with excitement on September 30th to celebrate the ribbon cutting that officially opened their newly-constructed bike park – largely inspired by marathon cyclist and advocator, Don Patterson.

For Patterson, it was the fulfillment of a vision he held for some time about contributing to healthy and active lives for Aboriginal youth. Patterson has organized numerous sports events over the years and takes great pleasure in seeing the outcome of his efforts, especially those delightful smiles and lit-up eyes of the children who are the recipients of such a blessing.

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