Track design includes course for mountain bikes at Pa. park

April 13, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The latest designs for a pumptrack proposed at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area in Washington Township, Pa., would not only have a course for smaller bicycles, but it would also be surrounded by an obstacle track for mountain bikes, township officials said Wednesday.

Pumptracks require bicyclists to use their upper body to navigate a dirt track with various berms and bumps. An area where the proposed pumptrack would be established at the Mentzer Gap Road park is about 100 feet by 200 feet.

A meeting held last Thursday to create designs yielded a suggestion to add a mountain bike area around the pumptrack.

Township Manager Mike Christopher told the township supervisors Wednesday if they want to proceed with the project, he needs to talk to the municipality's insurance company about its requirements for helmets and other provisions.

Supervisor John Gorman said a pumptrack course can be designed for experts and safely utilized by novices who would travel at slower speeds. The courses are made mostly from clay.

"It's directly related to the speed at which you go over it," Supervisor Carroll Sturm said, saying speed would affect how much "air" a rider would get.

Supervisors Chairman Stephen Kulla asked whether creating the pumptrack would affect a temporary ice-skating rink proposed at the park.

The so-called "NiceRink" would be created in the park's large pavilion on a temporary surface. Water would be frozen a few inches deep for ice skating.

Christopher said the two proposals are separate from each other.

Supervisor Elaine Gladhill questioned whether ice skaters would hit the pavilion poles. Christopher said he believes the "NiceRink" would be smaller than the pavilion's foundation and would not place ice skaters near the poles.

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