In partnership with the Township of Uxbridge, and led by Uxbridge Rotary, a group of local service groups and clubs are embarking upon the construction of a world-class, hard-surface, multi-use PumpPark in Uxbridge.
A free-to-the-public, outdoor, hard-surface PumpPark facility does not exist in Uxbridge, in Durham region or in the GTA. Survey results and research confirms broad spectrum appeal for a PumpPark facility, indicating the park will attract a diverse range of participants by age, gender and ethnicity. Survey responders report planning to attend equally for fun, fitness and skill building. Many will travel to the park using active transportation.
Originally proposed to the Township in 2012 by the Rotary Club as a clay surface park, the concept was put on hold based on park maintenance concerns. With the advent and success of hard-surface parks, the hard-surface PumpPark idea was introduced to Council in 2015. With Township and service club support, an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant application was submitted and approved.
With critical funding in place, the newly formed Pumpark Committee of Council, working with the Township’s Parks and Recreation department have issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a Design/Build of the “PumpPark proper” (i.e. “inside the fence”). The tender process is in progress with construction scheduled for completion late summer of this year (2019). Pledges and funding are in place in order to complete the paved surface of the park along with some minimal landscaping. Click here to visit learn how you can help support the build!
What is a PumpPark?
What is a PumpPark made of?
Traditional pump tracks are formed out of clay and limestone mixtures. The Uxbridge PumpPark will be the latest generation of park; hard-surface asphalt finished. The first asphalt surface PumpPark appeared in Chur, Switzerland in 2012 and was conceived by Claudio Caluori of Velosolutions. The hard surface concept was an instant success and since then, hard-surface, paved pump tracks have been built around the globe.
Where will the PumpPark be located?
The park will be located at the Fields of Uxbridge (beside the Uxbridge Rotary Skate Park) on Main Street North.
Based on feedback and the opinion of the Committee members, this is the most popular design for the Uxbridge Optimist PumpPark.