Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of Redmond’s Homestead Park Bike Pump Track
WHAT: Homestead Park’s Bike Pump Track Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening Event
DATE: Friday, October 19, 2018
TIME & LOCATION:
Starting promptly at 3:30 p.m., at Homestead Park, 124 NE Hemlock Ave. (off on NE Canal Blvd)
Note – The track will open at 3:00 p.m. for bike riders. Riders must observe all track safety requirements.
3:30 p.m. Mayor George Endicott – Welcome address
3:35 p.m. Donor Check Presentation(s)
3:45 p.m. Official Ribbon Cutting
Note – The track will open at 3:00 p.m. for bike riders. Riders must observe all track safety requirements
In early 2017, a group of frustrated young bike riders who had at one time or another been asked to leave the Skate Park, school grounds, business parking lots, alleys and various other locations in town, shared with Redmond City Council that our community offered no real place to ride and develop their skills. The group, led by Trevor Elson, persuaded Council to engage Parks Manager Annie McVay to develop a solution. After researching options in other cities across the nation, the group landed on an asphalt pump track.
A pump track is an asphalt trail which combines rolling jumps, banked turns & switch back loops. Bike riders of all ages and skill levels are drawn to them, teaching users the basic skills of carrying momentum, balance and speed by using your arms and legs to pump your bike around the track. As riders get better the tracks are designed to provide more challenges with no changes required to the track’s construction. A feature that a 5-year-old can roll through can be used as a gap jump for an expert.
Redmond’s Homestead Park Bike Pump Track was designed and constructed by Velsolutions, a Switzerland based company who specializes in building custom bike tracks around the globe. More information at https://velosolutions.com/en/.