Monday, January 23, 2012

Philadelphia’s First Pumptrack Gets Community Approval!!!!!

Councilman Curtis Jones and Community Groups give final approval for Philly's first Pumptrack!



On Monday, January 9, 2012, Councilman Curtis Jones, his Deputy Chief of Staff Morgan Cephas and Lucinda Hudson, Executive Director of Parkside Development Corporation and Parkside Community Association, met with representatives from PhillyPumptrack and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to discuss the development of a pumptrack at Parkside-Evans Playground, 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue.  PhillyPumptrack reps Harlan Price, Kenn Rymdeko, and Heidi Grunwald showed a short video presentation and explained the look and use of a pumptrack along with identifying the many benefits and opportunities a pumptrack brings to a community.  Following the presentations and a round of discussion among the group, Councilman Jones stated, “I like this project; if she (pointing to Ms. Lucinda) and the community likes it, then I approve”.  On the following Thursday, January 12th, the Parkside Community Groups, under the leadership of Ms. Lucinda, listened to a joint Parks & Recreation and PhillyPumptrack presentation about the proposed pumptrack.  After numerous questions and an internal discussion, the group voted to add a pumptrack to their community.  Thanks to the vision and support of  Councilman Jones and the Parkside community, Philadelphia's very first pumptrack will be in the Councilman's district which already includes much of the parkland and trails that the biking community enjoys.   

This has been a long journey but we still have quite a way to go before our first ride on the track.  PhillyPumptrack is grateful to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for their interest and efforts in advancing this project and we look forward to our continued relationship.  We are also thankful to the other groups and individuals who have already pledged their support and we are anxious to start work with them and our broader audience in making this and future pumptracks a reality in Philadelphia.  For the exact location of the Philadelphia's first pumptrack click here.





View Philly Pumptrack's coming location! in a larger map

2 comments:

  1. Has anyone view the location of the proposed pumptrack in reference to this map? Philly Saftey Map

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103914503513450622647.0004857e74b887234a62f&ll=40.023145,-75.07267&spn=0.047455,0.077162&t=h&z=14

    It seem that this is very close to the rougher areas of West Philly. I wish it could be closer to the trails and wide open parking areas of Belmont Plateau (near the ball fields at Belmont Mansion Dr and Montgomery Dr).

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  2. If you are from the city you know this is a cool neighborhood. It's just over the knoll from the Mann Music Center, on a major cycling commuter route from the city to Bala/Narberth/Ardmore. The main goal for the project is to provide a safe place for urban youth to ride. We are proud to be partnering with the Parkside Neighbors and Community Council to help them provide opportunities for their youth. Come on out and support the cause and enjoy the track. Dirt delivered today!

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