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Pump track planned for Trailside

Snyderville Basin cycling enthusiasts will soon have a new playground, as the district has set into motion a plan for building a bicycle "pump track" at Trailside Park.

Twenty-one acres of the land on the hillside has been tabbed for conversion into the pump track – on which mountain bikers move in a loop through a series of rollers and berms, using their momentum to keep going without pedaling.

On April 25, the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District approved a RAP (Recreation, Arts, Parks) tax grant to add an additional $15,000 to the $75,000 already budgeted in the capitol budget for the track.

"It’s kind of the same idea for bikers as what we did with the skateboarders," said District Business Manager Rena Jordan, referring to the skate park features currently being installed at the Trailside Park in-line skating rink. Analysis of Trailside’s use found that the rink and its surrounding area wasn’t being utilized to its capability.

The stated goal for the skate park, which is due to open around Memorial Day, was to allow local youth the opportunity to be active without needing to drive elsewhere.

Since the skate park was sure to attract interested bikers – and bikes are strictly prohibited from skate-park use – Jordan said it made obvious sense to provide something for them.

"It’s great that we got the funding to do both," Jordan said. "As with the skate park, there is room for expansion with the pump track in the future."

The project will also complement the existing trail system for bikes, Jordan said. The district will hear bids for the contract on May 24.

Jordan said they had hoped to open the track this year but hadn’t realized how specialized the contractor work was. They will not award the contract until mid-July, and now aim for completion during the fall.


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