Family donates funds for bike shelter in honor of rider Mark Call

When longtime Hutchinson resident Mark Call would telephone his mother in California to give her updates on his life, he frequently talked about gardening, sports and riding the bike trails in Hutchinson, recalled his brother, Greg Call.

“She liked to hear about his bicycling experiences,” Greg said. “So, after he passed, she asked ‘What can I do to keep Mark on the trail,’ to keep his memory alive.”

Greg, who also lived and rode bikes in Hutchinson for many years before moving back to California, reached out to Bob Updegraff of Harley’s Bicycles, who went to the Vitality Team of Reno County. They came up with the idea of ​​a dedicated shelter for cyclists on the trail.

Steel for the new structure, which will mark a trailhead of the Jim P. Martinez Sunflower Trail in Rice Park, is going up this week.

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