Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 14th, 2006 at 9:15 am
The Portland United Mountain Pedalers (PUMP) hope ongoing meetings with the Parks Department will move them closer to realizing their ultimate dream, a public bike park within Portland city limits. The group has be working hard to make this dream come true. They've attended countless meetings, drafted a 10 page proposal, and amassed over 550 signatures of support (sign the petition). They could really use our support to move the process along:
"We are still waiting for the Parks and Recreation Department to acknowledge that there is a "legitimate need" for a Bike Park in Portland. A potential site has been located but nothing is confirmed as yet. More information will be forthcoming later as we start to get some positive responses from Parks and Recreation. To ensure more action...we must show there are enough people who want to see this proposal become a reality. So, rally the troops and get everyone you know to sign."
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I am 100% behind this proposal. It would not only ease current tensions (described in this Oregonian article) and trail use conflicts but it seems like a natural move for America's "Best Cycling City" (Seattle has already seen the light). The cost (around $200,000) would be absorbed mostly by private donations, sponsorship and grants from the International Mountain Biking Association.