A new Purcellville bike park in memory of a local boy named Adam Caudill who passed away unexpectedly in January 2021 is coming closer to fruition, according to his mother, Michelle Caudill.
In order to complete the final round of funding, Purcellville business owner and nonprofit leader Michael Oaks has teamed up with the Caudill family, Kerry Perry and Elena Fabiani to host a fundraising auction at Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville on May 21.
There will be a silent auction as well as a live auction run by Damewood Auctioneers. The event kicks off at 7 p.m.
Oaks said he approached Caudill about doing a fundraiser because the story “really touched him.”
“I’ve done quite a few auctions and offered to help her. We have some awesome items that have been donated from local artists and businesses; everything has been donated and all of the proceeds will go toward the bike park,” he said.
Caudill said some of the top donations for the auction include three beach house vacations in North Carolina, a red Trek Mountain bike, gift cards to local restaurants, spa services, experiences at area wineries and breweries, local art and jewelry, and much more.
She said she is very touched by the many generous donations they have received.
“We are hoping for a great turnout and hope to raise $15,000,” she said.
The park – which is located across from Loudoun Valley High School on North Maple Avenue on town-owned property – is being designed with a loop of trails for all experience levels with ramps and berms, Caudill said.
For phase two of the park, the goal is to remove the fence currently located on the side by the Washington & Old Dominion trail and along North Maple Avenue, she said.
The park will also have picnic tables and areas for people to relax and hang out.
“Things are running a little bit behind, but everything is moving forward and we are cautiously optimistic we can complete it by June 1,” she said.
Either way, Caudill has planned an event at the bike park for June 1 – Adam’s birthday – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. She encourages the community to attend and for everyone to wear something red, Adam’s favorite color.
“We are looking forward to seeing it all come together,” she said.