The Norte Wheelhouse: A Grand Traverse Learning Center
For the past year, Norte has loved calling the Civic Center home, but thanks to explosive growth, we need more room! The Clubhouse is bursting at the seams.
In partnership with Grand Traverse County Parks & Recreation, The Norte Wheelhouse will transform the long-neglected historic Old Northwest Michigan Fairgrounds building at the Civic Center into a new community space for learning.
Like other learning centers, the new Wheelhouse will teach and reinforce bike education through a variety of programs as well as independent and self-directed learning activities and will be home to:
1) The Traverse City Community Bike Shop: Sharing tools, benches, bikes, and knowledge with the public so they can repair and maintain their bikes.
2) The Grand Traverse Kids’ Bike Library: Ensuring awesome kids have awesome bikes no matter their family’s resources.
3) El Barrio Bike Fix: A weekly summertime community bike fix where we fix, create, tweak, align, repair, maintain and adjust bicycles together.
4) La Solucion: A bike mechanic apprenticeship program that trains local high schoolers to become employable at local bike shops.
5) The Civic Center Traffic Garden: A future Safe Routes To School project to allow elementary students to learn bike safety skills in a safe setting.
While we are very excited about sinking our roots deeper at the Civic Center and renovating this long forgotten, historic building, it also needs work. Lots of work.
The County is helping to repair the roof, put in new windows, tear down the concrete block structure on the east side and prepare the building for some very orange paint.
Our community-driven “Keep It Rolling” crowdfunding campaign aims to make the Wheelhouse a reality this summer.
Your generosity will help create a safe, dynamic and welcoming community space including:
- new bay doors on both the east and west sides
- new floor
- paint inside and out
- bike racks
- new rad patio on the east side
- tables, chairs, and workbenches
- tools, supplies, and parts for the shop
- additional bikes and helmets for the bike library
- a super sweet mural
- scholarships for La Solucion
The Wheelhouse will allow Norte to do better – to reach our bike-loving arms wider to not only physically transform a very visible corner in Traverse City but to help weave a culture of health into our community so we can be our best – our healthiest.
Please support the Wheelhouse today and join the list of awesome people who believe in happy, healthy, ready to learn kids.
Already a donor? You’re invited to our pre-grand opening party on August 28th at 6pm. RSVP HERE.
No yet a Wheelhouse supporter? You should be 😉
Huge thank you to our Wheelhouse community partners!
Limited corporate sponsorships of the Wheelhouse are also available. Please contact Ty Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org