Cheer Story: Pump Track in Moosomin

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Cheer Story: Pump Track in Moosomin

Moosomin held their grand opening for their new pump track on June 30, 2022. A pump track is a track for wheeled sports equipment that, when ridden properly, does not require pedaling or pushing, but a “pumping” action to maintain momentum. So, while you can pedal, it is not required. There are different kinds of equipment that can be used on a pump track including Mountain Bikes, BMX Bikes, Balance Bikes, Children's Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, Roller Blades and Longboards. It’s not just for kids – people of all ages can access the pump track free of charge, and it can be accessed at anytime making it an awesome family leisure activity!

The track removes barriers to participation in the outdoors by providing a safe space to ride and be active. Mike Schwean, Moosomin Recreation Director, explained, “We had concerns with local kids who were building bike homemade jumps. Our concern was the kids' safety, so we removed the jumps, but the kids kept building them. We felt the only way we could address the problem was to investigate the development of a pump track engineered with safety in mind. We knew there was a large group of very active bikers in town with these homemade jumps. Parks and Recreation loved the enthusiasm but were concerned for the safety of the riders.”

The project was funded entirely by grants and sponsors. The total cost of this project was $165,000. The community received $125,000 from a Federal Grant Program, $30,000 in funding from a major sponsor - IJACK Industries, and $10,000 in funding from secondary sponsors. IJACK has signed on as the main sponsor and purchased the naming rights, so the track will be known as the IJACK Pump Track.

“To our knowledge, this was the first track of its kind in Saskatchewan, and it has been amazing,” Schwean said. “It allows for all skill levels. The track helps connect community spaces, encourage physical activity, mental health, and ensure both our community and region have a new, safe recreational pursuit. This has been a fantastic project; I would highly recommend other communities to look into one for their community!”

Watch this quick video to learn about pump track best practices!
Articles Sources/Credit to:
Mike Schwean, Town of Moosomin
Sask Today