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REI Awards $5K Grant

Friends of Alafia, Inc. is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $5,000 grant from REI Co-op, to be used toward the cost of building a mountain bike skills area.

A skills area is a place where riders can improve their skills (balance, riding off drops, and jumping). A good skills area will use a lot of wood for construction of features, and with today’s lumber prices, this grant will help us to get off to a good start.

FoA will also benefit from a month-long “round-up” campaign where REI will ask customers if they want to round-up their purchase to the next dollar at their new store opening in Tampa on Friday, 6 March 2021, with the round-up difference going to FoA.  

Note:  Our Skills Area plan is with the Division of Recreation and Parks in Tallahassee.  We cannot begin work on this until the plan is approved.

About REI

As a member-owned co-op, REI invests deeply in stewardship of the outdoor places its members know and love. REI actively works with nonprofits across the country to steward and maintain local trails and public lands and connect people to the outdoors. You can learn more about REI’s investment at

REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 19 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 161 locations in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at,  REI Outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear.  Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company, a global leader that runs more than 250 itineraries across all continents. In every community where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities.

To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.

REI Tampa Bay

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Tampa, FL 33607


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Friends of Alafia

Friends of Alafia is a nonprofit Citizen Support Organization (CSO) established to protect, preserve, and support Alafia River State Park.