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    Philly Pumptrack Trail Extension Workday, Saturday 29 Oct, 9am

    A group of volunteers representing the Philly Pumptrack, Belmont Plateau Trails Alliance, Friends of the Wissahickon and Friends of the Cresheim Trails are joining together this Sunday, October 16 at the Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans to finish work on our new Georges Hill Trail extension behind the Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans & the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. We recently roughed in a half mile of new flow trail with machines, but it still needs some detail work, tweaking berms & grade reversals, building drains and features (maybe we'll build some sweet jumps!) in order to get the trail ready for the 3rd Annual Poker Run - Start and Finish at the Philly Pumptrack at the end of the month. Wear long pants and long sleeve shirts, as poison ivy is amok throughout the area, we'll provide gloves, tools and snacks. Also, bring your bikes so we can test it out after the work is done!

    More details are on Facebook, below. Please RSVP if you are interested or can make it out. See you there!
    https://www.facebook.com/events/174463319670349/
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    Here are some photos of the work we did about 10 days ago. A group of 10 of us cut in a half mile of trail in about 8-1/2 hours.
    https://www.facebook.com/MaverickMot...26054034101979

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    We had a great crew turn up today and put the finishing touches on the new trail behind the Philly Pumptrack! We put in a bench cut on the final descent down to the paved path at 52nd and Fairmount Park Georges Hill, built another berm, cleared drains and picked up at least a half dozen bags of trash. We owe a huge thanks to everyone who came out!

    as much as we'd love to call it done (for the most part, it is) we'd still like to add more features, build up the berms, put in a log ride and do some gentle tweaking once the trail surface gets bedded in. Stay tuned for another trail day, perhaps next month!

    https://www.facebook.com/MaverickMot...38562399517809

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    Thanks guys...
    ...nice work!

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    Come down and join us for the 3rd Annual Poker Run to Benefit the Philly Pumptrack! on Sunday, October 30th! This year's Poker Run will start and end at the Pumptrack - riding the Belmont Plateau Trails. Join us to help raise funds for "The Fence". $30/Rider - Lunch Included

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    We're having a final trail day to finish up the #PSK trail extension on Georges Hill, Behind the Philly Pumptrack & Mann center, this Saturday, to get the trail ready for the 3rd Annual Poker Run - Start and Finish at the Philly Pumptrack on Sunday Morning.

    We need volunteers to help pick up trash, as well as fine tune some of the features & berms and fortify some of the bench cuts on the hill. We'll also be installing a log ride near the rocky section at the top of Georges Hill. Wear long pants and sleeves, we'll provide gloves and snacks. Meet at the Philly Pumptrack at Parkside Evans at 9:00 am. Saturday morning.

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    f@ck that fence! pumptrack shouldn't have hours; just like the skatepark.

    not trying to start a interwebz war or in anyway discourage those doing AWESOME work on the trails surrounding the pumptrack; but someone needs to think about why we are spending money putting up high fences so people CAN'T ride...

    pumptrack for the people!

    EDIT: so i have learned the fence is intended to keep kids from stealing loaner bikes while the pumptrack is open... still; i say there must be a better way to keep kids from stealing the bikes.

    don't fence me in...

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    Yes I have to agree with Max, we happened to ride to the track this past Friday afternoon, it was an absolutely perfect and warm FRIDAY AFTERNOON and the tracks were covered and closed. WTF?!?!?

    BTW the new trail is pretty sweet. Thanks for the efforts.
    bike = good

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    The fence is to keep people from riding off with the bike while they were open. They had some kids steal bikes earlier this season- they stole 3 bikes, by riding out of the pumptrack gates with them. Unfortunately, people riding the pumptrack while conditions are less than ideal has caused quite a bit of damage to the surface, as well. As a result, they've decided that a fence is needed to protect the assets from theft and abuse- they haven't been able to lend out the bikes in the shipping container since the thefts and repairing the pumptrack after people have ridden it while its muddy drains resources from adding more features and working on the trails.

    This is why we can't have nice things.

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    Only a dumbass rides clay-based trails and pumptracks that are clearly soaked from rain.

    Death by a thousand ruts.

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    Yes, but in my experience over there at the pumptrack, there just would be nobody there to run the place quite often. So we'd just go through the fence. (this was with the earlier post and rail). Maybe they'd show up sometime later. But they'd generally never be there within a couple hours of the time they were supposed to be...sometimes if at all. It generally had nothing at all to do with the track being muddy. We wouldn't even head over there if it had rained. Often the dirt was absolutely primo. There just would be no one to open/run the place.

    More often the problem there was that the dirt was too dry, and I'd take it upon myself to ask if we could shut things down for about 30 to give it a spritz. But even that was a bit like pulling teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt_merchant View Post
    Yes I have to agree with Max, we happened to ride to the track this past Friday afternoon, it was an absolutely perfect and warm FRIDAY AFTERNOON and the tracks were covered and closed. WTF?!?!?

    BTW the new trail is pretty sweet. Thanks for the efforts.
    The track was tarped on Friday because rain was forecast for Friday night/Saturday. The track has a full-time paid employee who works Monday through Friday. I think she was scheduled to work Saturday morning as well which may be why the track was covered early (or the forecast could have been for the rain to start earlier than it actually did).

    Glad you are enjoying the new trail.

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    The pumptrack has one full-time employee who works Monday through Friday. Outside of the forty hours she works, the track depends on volunteers to staff the track. If no one volunteers, the track is closed. If people want the track to be open more often all of you need to step up and volunteer for a shift. It's that simple.

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    No worries Dannmer. We haven't been over there in about a year anyway. There was an employee there before the current woman that was never there. The street guy that rode brakeless. Greg Provost would also volunteer around that time too. Not sure if he still does. The last time we went there, the new (at the time) lady was there. Seemed nice enough.

    There was also some other guy (oversized guy with lots of earings) that would seriously vibe any brown kids that he deemed worthy of his attitude. My family really wondered what that guy was even doing there honestly.

    The pumptrack we go to now is always open. You can ride whichever way you want. You can run a train. My son doesn't need to wear a medal. People don't get yelled at. It's pretty darned chill.

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    We went to Philly pumptrack about 2 months ago. Checked facebook and weather forecast before we left, everything looked good. Drove 2 hours and it was closed. Look on facebook when we got there and they posted it as closed for the day because of weather. Wasn't a drop of rain all day. Seems like they should post that weekends it might be open or might not because that's what it seems like....

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    At any rate, we've been building some pretty rad trails in the woods behind the pumptrack. They're relatively unique for the trails in the city in that they've been designed and built with bikes in mind, with a lot of features that other trails in the city, (except perhaps Cresheim, which has been built by mostly the same crew) lack: berms, sweet jumps, log rides and rock gardens. We'd love to see more members of the community come out and get involved with the trails, lend a hand and provide some useful, constructive feedback. We'll have snacks, bring your bikes and we'll ride what we've built, afterwards.
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    Philly Pumptrack Trail Extension Workday, Sunday 16 Oct, 9am-14732408_1338559919518057_3496313459407494878_n.jpgPhilly Pumptrack Trail Extension Workday, Sunday 16 Oct, 9am-14713595_1338559926184723_337153208853868585_n.jpgPhilly Pumptrack Trail Extension Workday, Sunday 16 Oct, 9am-14657542_1338560179518031_1470975312901993607_n.jpgPhilly Pumptrack Trail Extension Workday, Sunday 16 Oct, 9am-14713786_1338559979518051_3753978032234273123_n.jpg
    There's a sign in the storage container at the pumptrack that seems appropriate. It says "Before you complain, have you volunteered?"

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    I can say yes to that question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
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    Has this berm seen some reshaping? It looks like it needs a little help.

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    The photo was taken during the first work day, where 10 volunteers cut a half mile of trail in about 9 hours. It's seen some reshaping since then, but this berm and the one at the switchback leading down to the paved path could both use another foot or two of soil, which may happen if we have enough volunteers show up.

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    Hopefully the turnout on Saturday will be sufficient to work on the berms. We need to go through the trail one more time to cut roots, there is still some trash that needs to be removed, and we are going to install a ~20 foot log ride near the rocky section. Once the trash and roots are removed we can work on the berms. If we get a good turnout, we can get a crew working on each of the two berms near the rocky sections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    No worries Dannmer. We haven't been over there in about a year anyway. There was an employee there before the current woman that was never there. The street guy that rode brakeless. Greg Provost would also volunteer around that time too. Not sure if he still does. The last time we went there, the new (at the time) lady was there. Seemed nice enough.

    There was also some other guy (oversized guy with lots of earings) that would seriously vibe any brown kids that he deemed worthy of his attitude. My family really wondered what that guy was even doing there honestly.

    The pumptrack we go to now is always open. You can ride whichever way you want. You can run a train. My son doesn't need to wear a medal. People don't get yelled at. It's pretty darned chill.
    Where is this one you go too now?

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    It's in the town of Emmaus. Built by Dave King. It sometimes needs a little maintenance, but is about two and a half times the size of Philly's and the vibe there is pretty good.

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    I hope to see you all at the workday tomorrow and the poker run on sunday. There will be snacks and coffee tomorrow morning and gloves will be provided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    It's in the town of Emmaus. Built by Dave King. It sometimes needs a little maintenance, but is about two and a half times the size of Philly's and the vibe there is pretty good.
    I live up that way and Camp Olympic (Lower Macungie Twp.)'s PT definitely seems spacious and low-key.

    Only public one around here since Alexandria Twp., N.J. bulldozed theirs.

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    Yeah, I've met quite a few really cool families, industry guys there. It's always such a good time. My son prefers it. We got turned on to it by another snowboard family, and started heading over after riding at Bear Creek towards the end of snowboard season this past year.

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    What time you kicking off Gigantic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jochribs View Post
    What time you kicking off Gigantic?
    Work days starts at 9. We'll work until at least 1. May go longer.

    Hope you can make it.

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