A similar pump track in Kelowna. (Submitted photo)

Grand opening for cycling pump track

The city and cycling association call the track the product of a community effort

The City of Penticton and the Penticton and Area Cycling Association are holding a joint event for the opening of a project they say pulled the entire community together.

The grand opening of the Cycling Pump Track on Wednesday at 4 p.m. is open to the public on the KVR Trail at 1194 Poplar Grove Road, and residents are encouraged to bring bikes and helmets to give the track a test run.

“Our city has a new and exciting recreational amenity that residents and visitors can enjoy free of charge thanks to the dedication of the Penticton and Area Cycling Association,” Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said in a news release. “This project is a real testament to what can be achieved when residents come together with a common vision and goal.”

The track, valued at over $40,000, was initiated and managed by PACA volunteers, with PACA also fundraising for the track, soliciting in-kind donations from local businesses and residents. PACA reportedly also paid for the design and foundational build of the track, with labour, machine costs and materials coming from local businesses.

City hall provided the land, assisted with managing the project and provided concrete for the perimeter slopes.

The pump track is a cycling track with small, rolling hills and banked turns for riders to pump and maintain speed without pedalling, and is available to riders of all skill levels.

“We look forward to sharing the pump track with the local community for years to come and congratulate all parties involved with bringing this project together,” PACA member Travis Kroschinsky said.

“This was truly a grassroots group effort.”

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