April 22, 2021 As the weeks go by we are getting closer to breaking ground on the new pump track/skate park project. The project, now referred to as the Multi-Use All-Wheel Park (MAP) project sign was erected on Tuesday, Apr. 20 and a photo taken with representatives from the Pump Track/Skate Park Committee, Mayor Mike Yargeau and Penhold & Optimist President, Leah King later in the day.
Penhold & District Optimist President, Leah King recalled, “In the last five years The Penhold Optimist Club has raised $100,000 true donations by selling cotton candy, popcorn, also volunteering fundraisers, 50/50, chase the ace, snake eyes, meat draws, bottle drives, and various other events within the community. The community has supported The Optimist Club in various ways and we are thrilled the families of Penhold will be getting this Multi Use All Wheels Park!”
The desire to build a skate park in Penhold has involved many different groups, departments and people over the past 10 years. The Town is pleased that in partnering with the Optimist that this desire is soon to become a reality.
Mayor Mike Yargeau commented that, “We are really excited to be giving the youth of Penhold a unique opportunity by providing a multi-use all-wheel park that will see both a pump track and skate park. Our MAP is a unique concept and offers a wide range of wheel-based activities for all ages and is the only one of its kind in Central Alberta. We can’t wait to share the MAP experience with everyone upon its completion later this summer."
Last year, representatives from The Town of Penhold and The Penhold & District Optimist Club teamed up to form a committee committed to bringing a Pumptrack and Skatepark to Penhold. Construction on this exciting new recreational space will begin in May of 2021 and be completed by the fall of 2021.
The collaborative project will bring a modified version of the long anticipated skatepark become a reality along with a pumptrack feature to create a Multi-Use All-Wheel Park (MAP) south of the Penhold Regional Multiplex.
What is a pump track?
It’s a closed loop track with rolling bumps, banked corners and berms (swoopy, banked turns) for biking, rollerblading and scooters. They are designed to maximize momentum so users can ride the pump track with minimal exertion. Pump tracks are a perfect structure for practising balance, learning skills and improving confidence.
The skatepark portion of the Penhold MAP will include seven (7) features:
- bank ramp
- slappy rail
- manual pad
- flat rail
- flat ledge
- quarter pipe extension
- quarter pipe transition