Pop Up Park and Pump Tracks
July 2015-September 2016
What's A Pump Track?
A pump track is a continuous loop of dirt berms and “rollers” (smooth dirt mounds) that you ride without pedaling.
The name “pump track” comes from the pumping motion used by the rider's upper and lower body as they ride around the track.
What Value Is It Bringing To Reading, PA?
This project has mobilized volunteers to transform a blighted lot into an active community space.
Local students earned new bicycles through their work and practiced teamwork to create something that promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Local transitioning-youth and adults attended City Council and Planning Commission meetings throughout the project proposal, engaging in and learning about the civic-advocacy and democratic process.
Volunteers advocated at City Council meetings for signage to be placed in the blocks around the park to make the streets safer for all users, including people who walk and ride bikes.
Local adult volunteers gained leadership opportunities by coordinating a major community project and continue to serve as mentors to local youth.
The pump track adds to Reading's growing bike culture and is the city's first outdoor bicycle recreational facility.
Local students from the elementary school across the street took their education outside, helping to build and maintain the community garden.
This project is made possible by support from:
Grant Funding From:
Greater Reading Young Professionals Community Engagement Fund of Berks County Community Foundation
Reading Berks Association of Realtors
Pump Track Sponsor:
Riverfront Federal Credit Union
Herb Garden & Sitting Area Sponsor:
Kathy & Dave Kline
The Garden Club of Reading
In-Kind Donations From:
Reading Box Company
PJ Whelihans, Reading
Special Thanks To:
10th and Penn Elementary School, Reading School District, students and staff
City of Reading:
Reading Housing Authority, Redevelopment Authority and Public Works
Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center & Mr. Borelli's Class
Reading Bike Hub Crew and Community Volunteers