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Washington Township invites input on pumptrack

February 19, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Biking enthusiasts are invited to offer input on a new pumptrack planned in Washington Township, Pa.

Township officials will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 13013 Welty Road.

“It’s an open forum for anyone interested. The purpose of the meeting is to evaluate and get many eyes on ... the design before it is finished,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

The township supervisors expect to pay $4,000 for a design by Colorodo-based Lee McCormack, who operates www.leelikesbikes.com. They received a preliminary sketch late last week from McCormack and must return it with feedback.

Planned for slightly less than an acre, the pumptrack at Pine Hill Regional Recreation Area would feature bumps and berms for bicyclists of varying skill levels.

Christopher said the pumptrack would be built in sections with fill dirt. Township officials would monitor usage and maintenance before building new sections.

“This is the first part of this,” he said of the design.

Chambersburg, Pa., resident Larry Camp is working with the township as it develops the pumptrack.

“It’s a popular, growing part of cycling. I’m hoping it’s a way to keep people riding bikes after the age of 16,” Camp said.

Camp, whose background is in mountain biking, helped to develop the Borough of Chambersburg’s track, which opened in September 2008.

Washington Township’s track should be challenging and hopefully have jumps to set it apart from others, Camp said.

A pumptrack could help youth who do not enjoy traditional sports, he said.

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