Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Juniata Pumptrack Public Meeting September 15th

The newly merged Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department (PPR) has teamed up with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP), local mountain bikers, BMXers, Advanced Sports Inc, Neighborhood Bike Works, and Bicycle Therapy to launch the Philly Pumptrack project; the city’s first ever, public pumptrack.

Pumptracks are one of the fastest-growing attractions in biking and are small in scale and can be enjoyed by cyclists of all ages and skill levels. A pumptrack can be placed in a small footprint, requires little maintenance, is fun and teaches riders essential riding skills while building fitness, all in a low-risk environment. A pumptrack in Philadelphia will provide a place for urban youth and adults, close to their homes, where they can ride bikes in safe numbers and in mixed-age groups. The Philadelphia Pumptrack will be a venue where riding and spectating can be a community affair.

A proposed location for a new pumptrack is at the Ferko Playground in the Juniata neighborhood. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez is hosting a public meeting on September 15th at the Juniata Park Older Adult Center, which is approximately six blocks from the playground. This meeting will help determine whether to advance efforts to build a pumptrack at this location or move onto another site.

Meeting Date: Thursday, September 15
Meeting Time: 7:00 P.M.
Meeting Location: Juniata Park Older Adult Center, 1251 E. Sedgley Avenue (intersection of "L" Street & E. Sedgley Avenue)