May 5—Plans for a new pump track in Oakmont have been revealed.
Designs by American Ramp Co. of the proposed bicycle recreation attraction were shown at Tuesday night's council meeting.
A pump track is a continuous loop of berms and mounds that bicyclists can ride on without pedaling. Its name comes from the pumping motion that riders' upper and lower bodies make as they ride around a track.
The asphalt track is projected to be a little more than 300 feet. It would be installed on about a 8,100-square-foot site in Creekside Park.
Parking spaces will have to be moved closer to the volleyball court to make room for the project.
"There's nothing like it in the area," said Leah Powers, council vice president and parks and recreation chairwoman. "It's going to be one of a kind and it's going to be awesome for the kids in Oakmont. I think they're really going to enjoy it."
The borough acquired permit approvals from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Allegheny County Conservation District.
Borough Manager Scot Fodi said the pump track will not be put out for bid because American Ramp Co. is an approved vendor through the state Department of General Services' COSTARS program. COSTARS is a cooperative purchasing program designed to help municipalities and other government entities save money when buying supplies and services.
"I like it," Fodi said after reviewing the plans. "When you go to the (American Ramp Co.) website you see what you can do when you have no land restrictions and (plenty of) opportunities. This is something nice. It's a nice feature for the region.
"There's not many on this side of the Mississippi (River) to my understanding. I think it's a good introduction to bike enthusiasts in the region. I hope some other communities will see this and say, 'We can do this, too.' It's going to be a good draw."
The parking lot upgrade and expansion of the walking/biking trail, both part of the overall project, will be put out for bid later this month.
A 1,470-foot walking/biking trail that is about 8 feet wide and made from crushed limestone was installed in the park in 2016.
The next phase in its development is a proposed 5,330-foot extension of that trail. It would extend from the park, both east and west, along Dark Hollow Road.
Oakmont received a $232,000 grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority's Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to help fund everything.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, email@example.com or via Twitter .