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Parks Commission Approves Concept for Bike Skills Park

Parks Commission Approves Concept for Bike Skills Park

A bike skills park is proposed for Springside Park. The track is proposed to be to the north of the playground. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The…

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A bike skills park is proposed for Springside Park. The track is proposed to be to the north of the playground. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission has approved the concept of a bike skills park in Springside Park subject to the commission conducting a walkthrough of the site before its next meeting in December.

This motion was made after Alison McGee, president for the Berkshire Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association and program lead for the Little Bellas Berkshire Program gave a presentation on the project proposal to the commission.

Little Bellas is a five-year-old program that mentors young girls through mountain biking.

McGee has been working with Garrett Pulley of the Berkshire Mountain Bike Training Series and Kevin Delaney of the Shire Shredders youth cycling program to put this project together.

They are proposing the construction of a bike skills park in the Berkshires that includes a "pump track" and other features. Specifically, they want the location to be Springside Park. They believe this skills park will be a significant and well-designed attraction that will play a crucial role in further developing outdoor recreation in the Berkshires.

They also believe it will be a healthy, safe, inclusive, and fun attraction for people of all ages.

A pump track is a continuous loop of thoughtfully contoured and groomed riding surfaces called rollers and berms. Riding on a pump track involves less pedaling, instead, riders propel themselves through the track by shifting their body weight or "pumping" in conjunction with the track’s contours.A […]

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