Fundraiser for an asphalt pump track at Golden Eagle Park

With help from the community this upcoming weekend, the Golden Eagle Park project may have another addition.

On Dec. 9, the Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS) invites the community to join them at KickStand and Kitchen Coffee on 1235 State street for a special fundraising event from 7-10 p.m.

The event is intended to help the HRATS raise money for an asphalt pump track to be put in at Golden Eagle Park.

There will be bike raffle tickets at the fundraiser: $6 each or four for $20. These tickets are available prior to the fundraiser at Hood River Bicycles, Liquid Force, Mountain View Cycles, Dirty Finger Bicycle Repair, Discover Bicycles and KickStand.

Also, there’ll be a chance to win a Transition PBJ on top of the many other items during the event’s silent auction.

These tracks are skill areas for all things on wheels and are designed to encourage and promote an active outdoor lifestyle for a community.

Mountain bikes, BMX bikes and skateboards are commonly used on these tracks as they have rolling jumps and turns that make for a good time with your choice of equipment.

The creators of the pump track, a company called Velosolutions, has recently put in one of these track in the Pacific Northwest and has received outstanding feedback from the Leavenworth community in Washington.

For a look at Leavenworth’s pump track and the feedback it has received, visit www.pinkbike.com/news/leavenworth-wa-gets-a-velosolutions-pumptrack-video-2016.html.

The proposed track at Golden Eagle Park will be in addition to the two lighted tennis courts, three pickle ball courts, two bocce ball courts, two picnic shelters, a restroom, a larger and paved parking lot already in place.

One of the most interesting features about these tracks are their abilities to be a challenge for all different skill levels.

Beginners could see it as a place to learn how to ride a bike or board, while others with more experiences can seek challenges within the structure without any changes to the construction.

Skilled users can use the structure to perform rolling and gap jumps.

For more information on the Velosolutions pump tracks visit, www.velosolutions.com.



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