‘Pump track’ at Bellingham’s Whatcom Falls Park
Construction of a bike “pump track” on the city’s central waterfront could begin in the next couple of months and open later this summer, a Port of Bellingham official said.
A “pump track” is a looped circuit made up of berms, banked turns and rollers. The goal is to ride without pedaling but by pumping your body up and down to gain momentum.
The “pump track” will be temporary, though it’s being built within the footprint of what will eventually be a new park, Mike Hogan, spokesman for the Port of Bellingham, told The Bellingham Herald.
It will have areas for all ages.
The goal is to get people down to the waterfront and, once they’re there, to give them something to do sooner rather than later.
“We know the site’s going to take quite a few years to develop,” Hogan said. “This is really aimed at how do we get folks down and actively using the site until the full build-out happens, and the park gets developed.”
The track will be about 20,000 square feet, which is slightly larger than the “pump track” at Whatcom Falls Park, according to Hogan.
It will be built in front of the two orange-tiled tanks that were once used to store pulp.
As part of the project, the port also will build a single-track trail with mountain bike features and a crushed limestone walking trail this summer to improve public access and to get people down to the waterfront.
As for the project’s cost, that isn’t known yet. The project still must go out to bid.
The Port of Bellingham Commission last year approved a budget of $150,000 for interim uses, such as this project.