Dozens of supporters of a proposed mountain bike park on Des Moines' east side will attend a city council meeting tonight to counter opposition, Dave McCloney, president of Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA), tells Axios.

Why it matters: It could make or break the project.

  • There was enough opposition from nearby residents to a city survey last month to require supermajority council approval — at least six of seven votes — to rezone the area for the $2.2 million park.

Catch up fast: Copper Creek Mountain Bike Park would border Pleasant Hill and connect the Gay Lea Wilson Trail just off East University Avenue.

  • The 50-acre project is proposed by Polk County Conservation, which purchased much of the undeveloped land last year.

The other side: Opponents fear the park could increase illegal activities like dumping, destroy wildlife habitat and exacerbate flood risks.

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