West Milford’s developing pump track gets critical dirt donation from school board

Date Published: 
Thu, 05/17/2012

West Milford’s developing pump track gets critical dirt donation from school board

BY DAVID M. ZIMMER
Thursday, May 17, 2012

A municipal committee tasked with touting the community’s attractions is receiving some additional benefits from the high school’s synthetic turf field.

Last week, West Milford’s Board of Education agreed to contribute soil excavated from the installation of the field to help complete the construction of the West Milford Family Pump Track at Farrell Field, one of the Economic
Development Committee’s first major initiatives.

That project, which broke ground on April 14, is turning the high-maintenance junior soccer field at the complex off Lycosky Drive into a compacted-dirt cycling circuit for use by riders of all ages and abilities. It is expected to be completed later this spring, according to committee Chairman Robert Nicholson, who anticipates the track will become a draw.

The pump track, basically a non-intimidating BMX track that can be ridden without pedaling, is being developed for the town by the Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA). JORBA, which built the first public pump track in the state in Milford’s Alexandria Park just two years ago, is leasing the field from the local government through
August 2014.

The use of the soil for the pump track project also helps the school board, which agreed on May 17, 2011, to arrange for the dirt’s deportation.

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