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Pecan City Pedalers give $5,000 to Chehaw

Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter, left, stands with Nut Roll Director Richard Thompson Thursday near the park’s BMX track Thursday.

Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter, left, stands with Nut Roll Director Richard Thompson Thursday near the park’s BMX track Thursday.

ALBANY — Thanks to a recent donation, what was once considered a remote part of an Albany attraction will continue to see development.

Chehaw Executive Director Doug Porter received a check Thursday from Nut Roll Director Richard Thompson for the $5,000 that was raised during the annual bike race earlier this year.

The Nut Roll is coordinated annually in September by the Pecan City Pedalers for the purpose of raising funds for the wild animal park.

“The Pecan City Pedalers have been long supporters of the park,” Porter said.

Porter said the money would be used to further enhance the bicycle track facilities at Chehaw to make it more inviting to riders that come into the park, which will include new signage and improvements to the track entryway.

In all, there are seven miles of bicycle track throughout the park that is utilized by roughly 30 riders every weekend. The park’s BMX bicycle race track, which recently hosted its first event, has been in development for several months, Porter said.

“This money is very useful to us,” he said. “This is a good way for the (Pecan City Pedalers) to give back to the community.”

The Nut Roll usually starts and ends at Chehaw with 30, 46, 62 and 100-mile options. It includes rest stops in Leesburg, Bronwood and Plains.

More than 300 riders participated in the event this year. Of those, 87 riders were on the 100-mile route.

Over the last eight years, nearly $30,000 has been generated for Chehaw through the racing event. In 2009, the Nut Roll netted $4,000.

“The hopes are to continue to grow the event and to grow Chehaw,” Thompson said.

Aside from the BMX track, Chehaw features one of only two zoos in Georgia accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, an 18-hole disc golf course, the Wild Trail for walkers and runners as well as one of the largest playgrounds in the state.