Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you stopped by our booth at the Philly Bike Expo last weekend, you had the chance to win one of several prizes:

The first item was a pair of custom Canvas Eyewear glasses. Thank you to Canvas Eyewear for supporting the pumptrack with their really cool sunglasses that you can customize yourself.  Be sure to take a look at their website and see how you can upload your own graphics onto their frames.

Congratulations to Perry B.!!! He won the Canvas Eyewear custom sunglasses.

Next up was a custom pin striped helmet adorned with Philly Pumptrack on the front, and some of the most amazing striping I have ever seen around the sides and back.

Congratulations to Dusty B.!!! He won the customized Philly Pumptrack helmet.

We also gave away two customized flat shovels.  As you can see in the picture, Philly Pumptrack  was beautifully wood-burned into the handles by hand.  what you can't see is the amazing hand designed leather wraps around the handle.  Truly the coolest shovels we ever saw.

Congratulations to Mike R. and Lonewolf Tim!!! They won the Philly Pumptrack shovels.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Philly Pedals for donating our expo space. Thank you to the artists, Mark Ferris and Michael Lippincott, for creating these mind blowing creations. Thank you to the Philly Pumptrack Board Members for spending their weekend at the booth: Curtis, Chris, Ray, Mike, Travis, and Brian (Couldn't have done it without you guys!!!)

And THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by to visit us at the expo and bought a raffle ticket!  We raised $400 that will go directly to buying parts for the loaner bike fleet.

We had a great time, and can't wait to see all of you soon at the Philly Pumptrack.

Ready to do some digging?

Come join the Philly Pumptrack crew at the Belmont Plateau Trail Alliance Love Your Park Day, hosted by the Fairmount Park Conservancy, where we will work on the trails that neighbor the pumptrack. Saturday November 15th, 9AM - 1PM, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19131.  For more details, or to register, click HERE.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Check out Pics of the PumpKin Jam on Facebook. Thanks for a great season! We will see everyone at the Philly  Bike Expo on November 8th and 9th. We will be raffling off cool stuff!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PumPKin Jam - Our last event of the 2014 Season

Music, Treats, Riding. Prizes for Best Costume and Best Decorated Bike!! Join us for the last event at the Pumptrack for 2014

Thanks to All Who Supported the Poker Run - GOOD TIME!

Many thanks to the riders and volunteers for the Poker Run. We hope you enjoyed the course! We will be hosting a 2nd annual Poker Run in 2015 - be on the look out come Spring for a Save the Date!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Even if you forgot to register for the Poker Run at RegOnline you can register and pay tomorrow morning. 8:30-10:00am. It's going to be a beautiful day for a ride. I marked the trails tonight, the Wiss is tacky and mint!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fairmount Park Poker Run Registration

The Fairmount Park Poker Run is only a few days away 10/12, don't forget to register! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fairmount Park Poker Run! BikeReg site now ready for Registration


Join us on Sunday, 10/12/14 for a Park to Park Dirt Trail Poker Run. The route will be approximately 15 miles beginning at Pachella Field at Livezey and Henry Ave (Roxborough). Winding through the Wissahickon, crossing at the Wissahickon Transfer Station, across Falls Bridge, down MLK Blvd, up Strawberry Mansion Bridge, into the Belmont Plateau Trails and ending at the Philly Pumptrack. Trails will be marked and docents stationed to hand out poker cards.

Registration is $30 and will include entrance to the party at the Philly Pumptrack. Prizes for top 3 Poker Hands. Questions? Email

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

There are only a few days left to register a spot at the Bicycle Swap Meet this Saturday (9/20).    To register, please email or visit for more info.

Don't have  a lot to sell? Feel free to partner up with some friends!  You can also feel good that the fee is a direct donation to the Philly Pumptrack.

Space is limited, so hurry!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


More Info to follow on how to register via BikeReg. Check back here for details and save the date! Prizes for best poker hands!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Join Mayor Michael A. Nutter today from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Philly Pumptrack to engage our teens in the great outdoors and support Safe Summers in Philadelphia. The Pumptrack will be open to all, and jump rope events will be held in the adjacent tennis courts.

Join us for Music, Bike Skills and Jump'n Fun!

More information can be found on our Facebook page at

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Please take a moment and read this great article about the Philly Pumptrack by Julian Hamer of Philadelphia Neighborhoods. There is also a video where you get to meet some of our regular volunteers!  Thank you Ray Louder, Ahmad, Ibrahim, and Kevin!

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Friends of the Philly Pumptrack would like to share this wonderful video with you.

Nathanial Bartholomew, famed Director of "Make Every Second Count" (the first 3D mountain bike movie), filmed this while visiting the Philly Pumptrack with his boys on the same day that the Cabot Creamery Cooperative honored the Philly Pumptrack with a volunteer appreciation day. Earlier that day, Kenn, Ms. Lucinda Hudson, Ed Fagan and the Cabot Co-Op representatives were on air with Marilyn Russell #MarilynRussell of 95.7 WBEN-FM, and they sent out the BEN FM Ice Cream truck. 

Thanks for the great video Nat! We hope you and the family can make it down to see us again soon.

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that make the Philly Pumptrack a reality.

To make a tax deductible donation to the pumptrack, please click here:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Due to the impending foul weather of hurricane Arthur and in observance of the Independence Day Weekend, the pumptrack is closed until Monday the 7th.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

See you on the 7th.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dear Friends of the Philly Pumptrack, 

Many people have been asking us how they can donate to the Pumptrack. As we are a project of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, they set up a donation page for us! Please help us raise money for bike parts, better security and more pop-up tents to provide shade and shelter for our visitors. Donations through this site are tax deductible. 

Please help us provide more opportunities to put more kids on bikes, and get our dedicated volunteers better rain wear.

Thank You,

Heidi, Harlan and Kenn
Philly Pumptrack

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Christmas in June - Donation

This week, Ken, Kelly and Finn Dietch donated a brand new Honda  EL 200 Generator, the silent generator we were raising money for! Thanks to the Dietch Family and to many more rides for Finn and Dad at the PhillyPumptrack. Can't thank you enough.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We are keeping a close eye on the weather to see if the Pumptrack will be open.  The forecast is not looking good though.  Stay tuned...

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Join Us If You Can Tomorrow and Tuesday

1. Tomorrow Kenn is going to be speaking on the 900AM WURD Radio Station around 6:45AM with Host Philip Allen.

2. Tomorrow Monday 5/19/14 afternoon from 3-5pm The Metro will be doing a story at the track and we need some volunteers to come out and ride. If you are available join us.

3. Tuesday,5/20/14  the Daily News will be doing a story at the track and we need some volunteers to come out and ride. If you are available join us.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hello Everyone,

Kenn here.  I wanted to share something a few great things with you that are on the top of my mind.

The last two days, our friends at Diamond Tool ( were able to get a skid steer (aka Bobcat, mini front loader) the pumptrack to use for moving vast quantities of rock, dirt, mulch and wood chips.  Which means, no kids volunteering.

Our little friend Micah wheeled over from Parkside to volunteer (and hopefully ride), only to be turned away by me with regrets. "Sorry, buddy, we can't have kids around while the machine is running.  But we only have it for a day, so come back tomorrow." The look on his face was devastating as we turned him away.

Long story short, we needed the machine for an extra day.  And Micah came back today at his usual time. And unfortunately, he was turned away again.

I don't know who was more heartbroken - him or me?  Knowing how he feels about wanting to be part of something so much, but not being able to - I wish I could have figured out a way to have him help out.

Earlier this week, Stephen stopped in.  He's a senior at Martin Luther King High School. He asked if he could help out, and immediately we said "SURE!". He grabbed a pair of gloves and was there until dark.

Stephen made it out today again on his bike this evening, and dug, and rode, dug some more, cleaned up trash, and helped rake wood chips.  He was having some issues with his chain jumping, and Harlan helped him out, but the equipment was worn.  As it started raining, I asked where he was from (expecting Parkside or Wynnefield - which is the norm).  I was shocked to hear, "Germantown".

Imagine the surprise I felt when this young man rode his hand-me-down-bmx bike over 7 miles, on a week night, to come to volunteer at the pumptrack!

And that is the amazing part about the Philly Pumptrack...  Kids are doing everything they can to get to the track. Many of the regular volunteers are people I've never met before in my 20 years of cycling. Our work is stopped many times a day with drivers stopping by and asking what we are doing.

We aren't really changing anything, just making it accessible.

NOTE: We gave Stephen a ride home so he didn't have to make that long trip home in the rain.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. Volunteers, sponsors, community members - and of course - Heidi and Harlan.

I love this.  :-)


This Saturday's Agenda


9a-12p    Volunteer Clean-up, Planting
12-1p      Speeches and Ribbon Cutting by Mayor and City Officials
1p-2p      Open Riding on Both Tracks
2p           Thank you to Philly Pumptrack Sponsors
2:15p       Raffles, Door prizes
2:30         Pro Demos Style Competition
2:45-4p   Open riding / potential timed races

Some photos from recent days!

The grand opening is almost here. Come out during the week to lend a hand. Friday after 12pm would be really appreciated. We are going to be laying sod! Address is on the right hand side of the page.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Philly Pumptrack - Mulch and Ride

This weekend we will be filling in the rain gardens with root mulch. I know some of you are thinking "thank goodness for a light weight project!" I know I am.

If you have a wheelbarrow, please bring it with you to the workday. We can definitely put it to use this weekend.

The weather for Saturday is 71 and sunny, so bring your bike and check out the beginner track.

We will also be giving lessons on proper track maintenance at the beginner track. You will be surprised to see how easy it is.

We will also be shaping, tamping and a number of smaller miscellaneous projects as we close in on completion. Novices and kids are welcome. We also have 9 bikes on site for loan (onsite only), thank you to a generous donation from SE Bikes. Our friends at Fuji Bikes gave a generous donation of 20 more helmets so we now have a total of 27.

As always, we will have snacks, beverages, gloves, tools, etc. But feel free to bring yours if you prefer.

We will be out working both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 AM, and stay until about 4, and taking riding breaks throughout the day.

The address is 53rd and Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131 and here is a link to a map:

Heavy rain will cancel the workday. If you have any questions, please call Kenn at 610.659.4430.

Stop by if you are available for 30 minutes or all day.

See you Saturday! (or Sunday)

Heidi, Harlan and Kenn
Philly Pumptrack

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lots of Updates on the Facebook Page

Just because we haven't posted up doesn't mean there isn't work going on. If you are keeping up with us on Facebook you have seen the youth track finished and the adult track ALMOST finished. The fencing is up and looking great and we are still ON for the Grand Opening on May 10th. Saturday May 10th is the start of Love Your Park Week. The volunteer opportunities will be happening from 9am-12pm. Volunteer duties for that day include planting the trees and rain gardens and trash clean-up. The Mayor, dignitaries, and sponsors will speak from 12-1p. We will BEGIN the PumpJam with riding, music, food, fun at 1pm on May 10th. Hope to see everyone who has worked so hard and others who haven't checked us out yet!   We will post more details in the next few weeks.

Friday, April 11, 2014

We need you! An army of volunteers and kids are making this happen!

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This week we made a lot of progress: the rain water collection system is full of rain water, the beginner track is looking and riding great, and we are about 40 - 45% finished shaping the main track.

And that means we may need to get people riding to find the areas that need adjustment.

We will be shaping, tamping and a number of miscellaneous projects. Novices and kids are always welcome. We also have 9 bikes on site for loan (onsite only), thanks to a generous donation from SE Bikes. Our friends at Fuji Bikes gave a generous donation of 20 more helmets this week as well!

As always, we will have snacks, beverages, gloves, tools, etc. But feel free to bring yours if you prefer.

We will be out working on both Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 AM, and stay until about 4, and taking riding breaks throughout the day.

Heavy rain will cancel the workday. If you have any questions, please call Kenn at 610.659.4430.

Stop by if you are available for 30 minutes or all day. The pumptrack is located at 53rd and Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131 (just North of the tennis courts) -

Hope you can join us Saturday (or Sunday).

Thank you for your continued support!

Kenn, Harlan, and Heidi

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Philly Pumptrack Amazing Dig-Ride Day

Today was the most amazing day of my life. The coolest day that has revolved around cycling in the past 20 years.  We had a volunteer day at the Philly Pumptrack and nearly 30 people attended. Almost a dozen children. We moved tons of dirt. We moved tons of rock. We rode our bikes on the beginner track and met new friends. Henry, around 6 or 7 learned how to ride the track today! All this was great, but not what brings me to tears reliving it to you now. Around lunch, Heidi made a stop at the basketball courts and met a few kids on bikes and told them about the pumptrack and they followed her over! Two of the boys, Kevin and Aaron stuck around a while, rode, did some digging, rode some more, and then headed off home. I stayed late to water down dirt after everyone left, and as I was about to leave, Aaron was riding up with a friend. So I waved him into the park. And then there were 2 more friends behind him. And then 3 more. A total of 9 neighborhood kids came out to see the track! Some with, and some without bikes. I explained that they couldn't ride without helmets, but no one had one. I said we have some here, and bikes too (thank you SE Bikes). The kids were confused until I explained this was a city park, and these were not mine but "ours". The first thing they were worried about was someone stealing "our bikes". I explained stewardship. I explained having respect for communal property. I explained our "no helmet, no ride - No dig, no ride" policy. It clicked instantly with Basir and Aaron. Then someone dropped a wrapper from one of the snacks they were eating. "Whose going to pick that up?" Said one young guy next to the offender.  He said "I'm not picking up his trash". Who will?  I don't remember if it was Basir or Aaron - but one of them said "I will" ran over and picked up the wrapper and put it in the recycle bin. I stayed around for nearly an hour longer than intended with these guys. They helped police the track for trash, packed up all the bikes, lysol'd and put the helmets back in place and helped me close the gates. One of the bikes got knocked over during the clean up and another kid snapped, "Hey! Don't scratch our bikes!" As I was ready to leave, they asked when they could come back. How about tomorrow at ten? We will dig, then ride, then clean up, then ride. How's that sound? Every one of them said they would be back tomorrow. I don't know how many of those little guys will be back. But I do know that the last 4 years we spent getting Philly Pumptrack built was 100% worth it. If only for today. I will never forget this amazing day, or these kids. Thank you everyone who has helped the Philly Pumptrack made a difference in the kids lives in this photo. You helped make this possible.
Kenn Rymdeko

Friday, March 21, 2014

Pumptrack Workday Tomorrow, Saturday 22, 2014

The weather forecast for Saturday is 64 and sunny! Finally!!!!

Please be sure to wear heavy boots or shoes, and dress in layers to prepare for inclement weather. We will have tools, snacks, beverages and gloves for attendees. If you have your own, please feel free to bring them along.

Rain and excessive cold will cancel this workday, and cancellation announcements will be made on our facebook site ( and on our web page ( the morning of the workday.

As always, we will have snacks, beverages, gloves, tools, etc. The beginner line is ready for test riding, so bring your bike and helmet to help ride and dial it in.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dear Friends of the Philly Pumptrack,

We received notice from the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and we are excited to announce that the Philly Pumptrack has been awarded a $5,000 grant! 

This award from the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Physical Improvement Regrant Program will be used towards materials supporting the rain gardens, fencing, landscaping and signage.

In the acknowledgement letter, the FPC says that they are thrilled to support our program.  We are elated to have so many of you interested in helping to get Philadelphia’s first public Pumptrack built!

Thank you Fairmount Park Conservancy for the grant and your support.

PS. Please be sure to mark your calendar on May 10th, 2014 to attend the Grand Opening of the Philly Pumptrack. 

Heidi, Harlan and Kenn
Friends of the Philly Pumptrack