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Meeting set on proposed bicycle pumptrack in Pa.

March 07, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — — The Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors will host a brainstorming session Thursday, April 7, for designing a pumptrack course proposed at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area.

Pumptrack aficionados can attend the meeting at 7 p.m. in the township offices off Welty Road to talk about designs. Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said people of all ages are welcome.

Pumptracks require bicyclists to use their upper body to navigate a dirt track with various berms and bumps.

The supervisors held a similar design session when planning for the skate park now in use at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area off Mentzer Gap Road.

“When we had the skate park meeting, everybody had ideas, and it changed several times,” said Matt Watson, code enforcement officer.

If approved by the supervisors, the pumptrack would be formed directly south of the Dunlap Family Skatepark, Township Manager Mike Christopher said. The track, which would be surrounded by a fence, would be formed mostly by a clay material, he said.

The designated area is about 100 feet by 200 feet, Watson said.

“This is a possibility for the future if we can get donations and can work it in the budget,” said Stephen Kulla, chairman of the supervisors.

Township officials said they’ve been discussing designs with Larry Camp of Franklin GeoVentures.

In a 2008 interview, Camp talked about plans for the pumptrack in the Borough of Chambersburg. That pumptrack can now be found on the rail trail between Commerce and King streets.

“We lose a lot of mountain bikers when they turn 16 and get a car. ... This is a way to keep riders. It’s fun,” Camp said previously, saying riders often don’t break a sweat while traveling around a pumptrack.

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