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Friends of Trails, QBAREA benefit from Grand Prix of Racing

The Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association was given a $5,000 from the Quincy Grand Prix Thursday at the Quincy Park Board administrative office. A $5,000 contribution also was given to Friends of the Trails. | H-W Photo/Matt Hopf
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 4, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 4, 2019 12:02 am

QUINCY -- After the 2018 Grand Prix of Racing, Terry Traeder presented a $5,000 check to Friends of the Trails to support the development of trails in Quincy.

This year, Quincy Grand Prix Inc., the nonprofit that organizes the event, supported multiple organizations.

Traeder and others representing the Quincy Grand Prix presented $5,000 each to the Friends of the Trails and the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association Thursday morning at the Quincy Park District administrative offices.

"This QBAREA program we thought it was very interesting, and for the future of this community and area, we felt it was important," Traeder said.

The organization is seeking up to $20 million in federal funds to restore the bay by dredging 118 acres to a depth of 10 feet, building dike and weir structure at the Bay Island access channel and creating above-flood elevation islands on Bay Island and northeast of Triangle Lake for reforestation.

Jeff Miles of Quincy Grand Prix said he hopes to see the restoration of Quincy Bay.

"We spent a lot of time in the Quincy Bay as kids, and now we can't even really go through there," Miles said.

Traeder said $5,000 will also be donated to Culver-Stockton College for a scholarship in honor of his late father, Gus Traeder, who was a trustee at the college.

Planning is well underway for the next Grand Prix of Karting set for June 13-14, 2020.

He noted that next year's event is the 50th anniversary of the first race in South Park.

The event ran from 1970 until 2001, and was resurrected in 2018, though he wasn't sure what type of response there would be.

"We didn't know what would happen," he said. "We weren't sure the cars would come back. It went really successful the first year, and this year was more successful."

Organizers plan in having a large purse for drivers in three different classes. Drivers came from 17 states this year, and they hope to top that next year.

"We're just hoping the people from Quincy and the surrounding area come and participate in it," Traeder said. "We have it because we want them to come out."

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