SANTA CRUZ – This weekend, kids and adults can take their first laps on the all-new Westside Pump Track, a collaborative project between the Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship, the Old Wrigley Building and the city of Santa Cruz.
A grand opening party will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the track, 100 Western Drive.
What started in 2013 as a rehabilitation of the pumping track has turned into a real reconstruction effort.
“The trail has kind of been loved to death, it’s incredibly popular with young families, it’s in a stellar location to be a truly fantastic community resource. In his state of love to death, he was underutilized, ”said Katy Poniatowski, communications manager at Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship.
The site adjoins the Old Wrigley Building. Reconstruction of the pump track was a collaborative effort between the building owner, Santa Cruz Bikes, the city, and the trail stewardship, Poniatowski said.
Community members and local businesses also helped raise $ 150,000 for the new track. Some also worked, laying asphalt and digging dirt.
While permitting and design work began three years ago, construction took only nine weeks.
“We find our niche in creating these paved pump tracks,” Poniatowski said. “We just built a huge paved pump track in Watsonville – the largest in Santa Cruz County – taking what we’ve learned and applying it to Westside. We knew what we were doing when we got out and the build time was blazingly fast. “
The paved track extends the ability to ride from bikers to skateboarders, roller skaters and beyond, Poniatowski said.
“We tried to make this track have a little something for everyone,” said Poniatowski. “It is suitable for people of all ages and skill levels, a big facet of the overhaul is that it allows for more gradual skill building.”
Community members are encouraged to bring their wheels of choice to the big Pump Track opening party on Sunday.
Local food trucks Pana and Sauceyz! will be there, along with the Humble Sea Brewery. Proceeds from the beer sold will go to Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship.
Two live bands will perform at the event and will be joined by a dozen local artists selling their work.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
What: Westside Pump Track grand opening night with music.
When: from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Where: Westside Pump Track, 100 Western Drive, Santa Cruz.