Although Redmond’s Homestead Park Bike Pump Track opened just in time for temperatures to cool off, supporters say that’s exactly what it’s designed for.
“This one’s paved, you can ride it in the winter, you can ride it when it’s wet,” said Trevor Elson, a bike mechanic who helped lead the effort for the park, off Highway 97 near St. Charles hospital.
“It gives you more grip than concrete, say, at a skatepark.”
The ball got rolling on the project after Elson and other riders came to a July 2017 City Council meeting and asked for an upgrade on Redmond’s old “rudimentary” dirt bike park, Mayor George Endicott told the audience at an Oct. 19 ribbon cutting for the park.
“What you see today is a world-class park,” he said. “We had people, literally, come from all over the world to help design this, and help build it. In no small measure do we owe thanks to some of the kids who are out here today. They actually helped build this track.”
While the weather was in the 70s for the ribbon cutting, kids and adults were still packing the park Nov. 11, when it was about 30 degrees cooler.
Dozens of riders from preschool to middle age took part in the opening.
Elson has worked on the project for three years, he said. The riders tired of being kicked out of the skate park, parking lots and other locations.
Local kids even helped Velosolutions, a Swiss company that builds bike tracks around the world, with construction. Elson said they were paid $20 an hour to lay asphalt.
The project cost around $300,000, including $60,000 in donations. Of that, nearly $50,000 came from the Redmond Parks Foundation and the Redmond Rotary gave another $10,000.
Other companies donated materials for the project, which features banked turns and jumps designed to be ridden without pedaling.
“The community came together,” said Annie McVay, parks division manager for the city. “That was all raised within three months.”
Justin Homan, a professional freestyle motocross competitor for 20 years, who was the eighth person in the world to complete a backflip in competition, was proud to have the pump track in his hometown. He helped raise some of the money for the park with a Metal Mulisha event at Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond.
Homan looked forward to taking his kids to the type of track that was lacking when he was growing up.
“It used to be the only place you had to ride was in the woods or in the desert,” he recalled. “We’d bring our own shovels and didn’t know if we had a place to ride the next week. In this sport, you’ve got to start small and lots of practice.”
Homan loved seeing small kids on scooters and pro-level kids doing backflips.
“It’s built to be all ages and all abilities,” he said.
— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@ redmondspokesman.com