LOVE Your Park Week at Philly Pumptrack!
Hello Park Friends!
LOVE Your Park Week was a huge success! Thanks to our thousands of volunteers, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and park Friends Groups – Philadelphia parks were celebrated during the week all over the city. This year, we had over 90 parks participate in the kick-off service day, and many Friends Groups held events in their parks throughout the week. On behalf of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, we want to thank our Friends Groups and all of the volunteers who came out to help keep Philly parks beautiful!
This year, LOVE Your Park Week was from May 10th to May 17th, and our signature site was the opening of Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans, located at 53rd and Parkside. A “pumptrack” is a small dirt course of bumps and jumps designed for BMX and mountain bikes. The pumptrack at Parkside Evans has two courses, one for smaller children/beginners and one track for the experienced riders. This is the first pumptrack in Philadelphia, and the community is excited to bring this to the neighborhood. To kick off the day, we had volunteers cleaning and greening the pumptrack and the area surrounding Parkside Evans. There were plants and trees planted, leaves raked in the tennis courts, invasive removal around the pumptrack, and a cleanup of the playground. A huge thank you to the Friends of Philly Pumptrack and all of our volunteers who came out Saturday morning!
Next, we heard from Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis, Ed Fagan, Katharine Ott Lovell, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. and Lucinda Hudson, a local community activist. As Mayor Nutter said, “We are trying to promote good healthy lifestyles, active engagement, exercise and good old fun! This is an exciting moment in Parkside, a pumptrack in our city!”
We would also like to give a shout out to three dedicated folks who worked alongside PPR and especially worked tirelessly on this project, Heidi Grunwald, Kenn Rymdeko and Harlan Price.
After the ribbon cutting, it was time for the Pump Jam – a party at the pumptrack! The tracks were filled with bikers of all ages, lots of music, raffles and giveaways. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy are so excited to have this Pumptrack in Philadelphia, and this great kick off to LOVE Your Park Week.
The Philly Pumptrack will be open for the season – and if you don’t have your own bike, there are plenty of bikes available to rent (for free!) So go check it out! www.phillypumptrack.org/
Check out some news coverage from the Pumptrack: