Final Design Rendering

Here’s the final design rendering of the pumptrack as it is currently being built.

You can see how the design has been adapted to blend seamlessly with the existing Skatepark. We are now working on the final landscaping design to accommodate benches, walkways and other ancillary items.

Things are moving quickly now!

PumpPark Construction Update

The drainage system that will underlay the pumppark, is now complete.

Over the years, as we have presented the concept of a hard surface pumppark, we have met with skepticism and questions about the potential for water pooling and frost heaving of the paved surface. We trusted that construction techniques and careful use of aggregates could address those concerns.

Based on Skatepark construction and soil testing we knew that the Fields of Uxbridge has a very high water table. The contractor Spectrum Skateparks had purposely built the Skatepark largely above grade to avoid hitting ground water.

We have now witnessed the sophistication and double redundancy built into the drainage system that will lie beneath our new pump park. It makes you appreciate the experience and knowledge that’s required in order to address and avoid potential issues that could be caused by both surface and ground water.

With the Drainage system phase in the bank, we move onwards to Park shaping!!

Construction Phase

measuring at the uxbridge skate park

Construction is scheduled to begin this month on the The Uxbridge Optimist PumpPark at the Fields of Uxbridge, directly adjacent to the Rotary Skatepark. Construction is scheduled to take approximately 5 weeks and be completed late this summer (2019).

a hard-surface pumppark is a mass configuration of geometrically formed rollers, bowls and berms, allowing bikes, boards and scooters to achieve and sustain speed, using only inertia

The Design/Build project will be completed by Velosolutions Canada, a division of Velosolutions Switzerland, the world leader in hard surface pumppark construction.

Velosolutions was founded by world renowned down hill mountain biker and all round action sport enthusiast Claudio Caluori. Claudio conceived of and began designing and building hard-surface pumpparks in his home country of Switzerland in 2011.

The response and uptake on Claudio’s hard surface pumppark concept was immediate and obvious. His company Velosolutions has since designed and built a multitude of pumptracks all over the world; Uxbridge will be the first Velosolutions’ designed Canadian pumptrack east of Alberta and will rank as one of the biggest tracks in the country.

Awarding of the design/build contract represented an important milestone in the Pumppark project.

From its very conception the Pumppark has been about partnerships. Primary Partners in the project now include Uxbridge Rotary, Uxbridge Township, Ontario Trillium Corporation, Durham Mountain Bike Association, Durham Shredders and the Optimist Club of Uxbridge (name rights holders).

Primary funding for the pumptrack is in place and construction is scheduled to begin this month (August). As construction begins, fundraising continues; to take this park to the next level, the Pumppark Committee is seeking public support to add additional amenities such as lighting and an event pavilion.

The Pumppark committee has structured a Donor Recognition Program

The program is designed to provide everyone who wishes, an opportunity to support the project. All funds raised will be used for additional enhancements within the park.

Options for contributing and recognition include a:

  • a donor recognition wall
  • engraved granite paving stones for a signature walkway to be constructed within the park
  • dedicated park features such as benches and trees
  • engraved granite boulders (corporate logos)
  • donor recognition signage  

The objective is to provide an opportunity for everyone who wishes, to be involved.  

The Pumppark web site will provide a direct conduit for donor support, as well as being an ongoing go-to hub for information about the project

For more information contact:

[email protected]

 

Design Launch Open House

The Uxbridge Optimist PumpPark committee held a design launch open house on July 27th at the Seniors Centre. 
 
People were able to view, ask questions and comment on four different design alternatives on display.
 
Information was also available on the new Pumppark Donor Recognition Program
 
As part of the event, Canadian Ramp Company assembled a portable, modular pumppark in the Uxpool Ball Diamond.  People were able to jump on a bike, scooter or skateboard to get a real life feel for the pumppark experience. 
 

Next Phase Announcement

Today at Council, Bob Ferguson, Manager of Township Parks and Facilities, speaking on behalf of The Pumppark Committee of Council, recommended awarding design/build of the Uxbridge Pumppark to Velosolutions Canada, represented by the Canadian Ramp Company.

The Uxbridge PumpPark will be built at the Fields of Uxbridge, directly adjacent to the Rotary Skatepark. Pumppark construction is scheduled for completion late summer 2019.

a hard-surface pumppark is a mass configuration of geometrically formed rollers, bowls and berms, allowing bikes, boards and scooters to achieve and sustain speed, using only inertia

Canadian Ramp Company (CRC) is an Action Sport Design/Build Firm focused on consulting, designing, and constructing sustainable skateparks and bike park amenities. CRC and their U.S. parent company have built parks all over the country and the world. CRC and their sister company in the U.S. have partnered with Velosolutions in North America.

Velosolutions Switzerland was founded by world renowned mountain biker and all round action sport enthusiast Claudio Caluori. Claudio began building hard-surface pumpparks in his home country of Switzerland in 2011. His company Velosolutions has since designed and built pumptracks all over the world; several of them in Canada. Uxbridge will be the first Velosolutions’ designed Canadian pumptrack east of Alberta and will rank as one of the biggest tracks in the country.

Steve Snoddon of Uxbridge Rotary commented that “the awarding of the design/build contract represents an important milestone in the Pumppark project”. Councilor Willie Popp who sits on the Pumppark Committee, commented “the Pumppark project is a great example of what can be achieved through partnerships”

The Pumppark committee is also excited to announce a soon-to-launched Pumppark Donor Recognition Program.  The donor recognition program is being designed to provide everyone who wishes, an opportunity to support the project. Funds raised will provide for additional enhancements within the park. The Pumppark web site will also act as an ongoing go-to hub for information about the project. Options for contributing and recognition will include everything from T shirts to engraved stone walkways, dedicated park features and donor recognition signage.   The committee is endeavoring to provide opportunities for everyone who wishes to be involved.  

Funding for the park’s design and construction have been secured, including a Captial Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Proceeds from this additional public fund-raising effort will help fund extra amenities within the park, such as lighting, that are not currently within the budget.