Donation from Arvest turns Pump Track idea into reality
The Arvest Foundation donated $ 10,000 to Friends of the Parks for the construction of a pumping trail that will complement the Northwoods trail system and provide mountain bikers with another feature to use in Hot Springs.
The pumping trail will be built at Cedar Glades Park and will help mountain bikers learn to use their bike’s suspension while preparing them for downhill trails. Flow trails have many different features including rollers, table tops, up and down steps, and hip hops.
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“Cyclists are riding in one direction,” said Northwoods Trails coordinator Traci Berry. “You can’t go up on these trails. There are runners coming down really fast on them and they hit features, jumps and rolls and things like that. These rollers are supposed to help you pump and win. speed in some sections without pedaling. “
The pump track will help cyclists practice these skills and, in turn, keep them safe on the actual flow tracks. Cedar Glades Park coordinator AJ Johnson said practicing pumping track skills will increase the confidence of young runners and the confidence greatly increases a runner’s ability.
“Every day I see kids in our area of expertise on these wooden items that we have,” Johnson said. “It’s just another tool they can use to improve their skills.”
Mountain bikers of all skill levels can take advantage of the pump track.
“It helps them learn to use their bikes more efficiently and their suspension on their mountain bikes,” Berry said. “That’s what’s going to be so cool about this pumping track. It might help experienced runners to clean up those skills a bit. And it’s also a lot of fun, it’s a great workout and helps newbie runners to. learn this skill so we’re super excited about it. “
A young local runner in Hot Springs, Milo Moore, actually drew their attention to the need for a Hot Springs pump track.
Moore wrote a letter his mother sent to Northwoods Trails and the letter was ultimately sent to County Judge Darryl Mahoney. Mahoney contacted Johnson to see if the pump run was necessary and Johnson was on board.
“A pumping track in itself is to help advance your skills,” Johnson said. “So this will be a great addition to Cedar Glades Park.”
The county will provide materials for the Fox Pass Development trail, while Visit Hot Springs, Friends of the Parks, and the Arvest Bank Foundation are funding the construction.
Arvest’s donation secured 50% of what was needed for the track.
“It probably wasn’t going to happen until they jumped on board,” Johnson said. “I had hoped for a long time. I was ecstatic.”
McGill Trail Fabrication, a Colorado-based company, will build the pumping trail between mid-October and late November. The McGill brothers have already worked on projects in Hot Springs.
“They came here and they are doing a great job,” said Berry. “They’re doing some really cool projects all over the country. For them, jumping on them and being ready to come back was super awesome.”
The company also helped resolve the park’s drainage issues.
“They did a great job with the skill area that we have and the jump line that we have,” Johnson said. “I trusted them. I think there are only four of them that I have worked with before. They did it on time. They made a great offer financially so I did. look forward to working with them again. “
Another attraction for tourists in Hot Springs is the pumping trail. Berry said she sees license plates from across the country on a daily basis.
“Any feature we add to the trail system attracts future cyclists,” Berry said. “If we have a pumping track that they can hit and warm up and maybe hit the jumps a few times and skill areas before they hit the tracks, that’s kind of a plus in our book. . We have no such thing in this area. “
At first, license plates from neighboring states were common, but now license plates from states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, California, and Kansas are views with more regularity.
“We also had runners from Canada, Mexico, across the pond, you name it,” Berry said. “Our city survives or thrives on tourism. It is important that we have things that will continue like this.”
The inhabitants also benefit from the trails.
“We’re also enjoying it as locals because now we have it in our backyard,” Berry said. “That we can just, ‘Hey, I’m going to go on the pumping trail today. I’m going to go for a 10 mile hike.’ It is accessible from the north of the city center. “
The trail system attracts all types of cyclists and is proving to be an important part of the Hot Springs outdoor experience for tourists and locals alike.
“We won more runners, more local runners,” Berry said. “We are seeing more women riding, we are seeing more new runners. We are seeing more young runners coming out and so that has a positive impact on our health and the benefits we get from being outside and to go out on a bike or just hike the trails. “