‘Pump track’ pitched for Moun­tain

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MARK NEW­MAN

The bud­ding Bal­four-Hill Park Neigh­bour­hood As­so­ci­a­tion is look­ing at lob­by­ing the city for a bi­cy­cle pump track sim­i­lar to the one at Gage Park.

“It would be well-used,” said Sarah Warry-Pol­jan­ski, who has been work­ing to for­mally or­ga­nize the neigh­bour­hood group for the past year or so.

The cen­tral Moun­tain res­i­dent said she got the idea for the track af­ter see­ing one in Toronto that was busy with cy­clists. The idea seemed to have the sup­port of the ap­prox­i­mately 12 peo­ple who at­tended a Bal­four-Hill Park neigh­bour­hood meet­ing at the Sackville Hill Se­niors Recre­ation Cen­tre re­cently, she said.

A pump track is a recre­ational play space for cy­clists fea­tur­ing a con­tin­u­ous loop of berms and rollers.

Cy­clists use a pump­ing mo­tion with their up­per and lower body to get around the clay (with a gran­u­lar base) sur­face.

Michelle Wil­liams, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer in the city man­ager’s of­fice, said the 1,100-square-me­tre Gage Park track, which was in­stalled in 2015, cost $150,000 for de­sign, con­struc­tion and a year of main­te­nance.

Main­te­nance costs are about $20,000, Wil­liams said, and the track is well-used, with more than 300,000 laps recorded so far.

Be­fore the Bal­four-Hill Park group can start writ­ing up their pro­posal and be­gin look­ing for fund­ing, they need to be­come an of­fi­cial body.

Warry-Pol­jan­ski said she will be look­ing to hold a meet­ing in the next two months to elect an ex­ec­u­tive and set up the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

She said fly­ers will be go­ing out to res­i­dents — be­tween Up­per Went­worth Street and Up­per James Street, and from Mo­hawk Road East to Fen­nell Av­enue East — in the com­ing weeks to in­form them and gather in­put on hav­ing a pump track built in the area.

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