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...   http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/19131

Sunday, May 18, 2014

MEDIA ALERT FOR PUMPTRACK RIDERS

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

ALERT

WE FOUND A SET OF KEYS ON THE TABLE AT THE PUMPTRACK. HIT UP KENN @ 610-659-4430 IF YOU LOST THEM. 

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 (www.DiamondTool.net) 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.  :-)

Kenn

This Saturday's Agenda

PUMPJAM DAY 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.