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Gladstone getting cycle pump track

Gladstone getting cycle pump track

GLADSTONE — The John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone will be welcoming a new cycling pump track after the City Commission granted a…

Wednesday, Jul 13

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GLADSTONE — The John and Melissa Besse Sports Park in Gladstone will be welcoming a new cycling pump track after the City Commission granted a motion in favor of the Delta County Non-Motorized Trails Organization’s project Monday night.

This cycle pump track, which was originally approved by the Parks and Recreation Board at its June 8 meeting, will be constructed largely in part by Bob Bosk and Mike VerHamme, two members of the Delta County Non-Motorized Trails Organization. The track, which is set to be positioned behind Cannon Field, will utilize crushed limestone and the dirt and soil from clearing the track site in its assembly.

“[The pump track] has been in our master plan for quite some time … it is more for just getting kids and people up there to learn how to do it.” Jason Davis, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Gladstone, said. “The concept is there and the want is there as well.”

A cycle pump track is designed to be ridden without pedaling, utilizing momentum from undulations in the track to propel a bicycle forward. With the main purpose of promoting health and fitness, along with helping cyclists master the skill of pumping, the Commission fully supported the organization’s plans.

“If it were to peter out after 10 years, it is not a permanent structure, so we could flatten it out,” Davis said.

The track is projected to be 200-feet by 200-feet, allowing cyclists of all skill-levels to ride in a safe environment. The Delta County […]

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