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Construction began on the West Milford Family Pump Track at Farrell Field on April 15
Thursday, April 19, 2012
BY DAVID M. ZIMMER
Construction began on the West Milford Family Pump Track at Farrell Field Saturday.
The project is being executed by the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA), which is leasing the former junior soccer field at the complex off Lycosky Drive from the local government through August 2014.
Once finished, the track will feature a series of moderately-sized compacted-clay rollers, tabletops, and in-sloped turns that can be ridden by people of all ages – with or without pedaling. Pump tracks are essentially scaled-down BMX tracks that are able to be ridden by manipulating upper and lower body muscles to absorb bumps and maintain suitable momentum.
The track, which is a few weeks from completion, was designed, is being created, and is due to be overseen by JORBA, which teamed up with the local government's Economic Development Committee (EDC) last spring. It will come at no cost to the local government, which will maintain the second athletic field in the complex. That site has historically been used as a practice field for the local youth football program.
Under the terms of the 36-month lease, JORBA is permitted to alter the site, but West Milford's local government retains the right to inspect the track as well as set its rules and regulations.