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Video of new Ventura Park pump track in action

Posted by on October 17th, 2011 at 11:38 am

Still from video of Ventura Park
pump track in action.
– Watch it below –

The new pump track at Ventura Park in East Portland is well on its way to being completed and we’ve got video proof of how awesome it is.

Since volunteers began slinging shovels and dirt last month, the track has taken shape nicely. The Northwest Trail Alliance is managing the build operation, under an official partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation.

Tom Archer with NWTA says they’re about 90 percent done with the track and that, “Kids are already swamping it… It’s getting a lot of use.”

Archer had more good news to announce today. He says that local company Portland Design Works has stepped up to be the primary sponsor of the project with a donation of “several thousand” dollars.

John “Dabby” Campbell has spent many hours working the track and he took some of the first runs last week. “This is a sweet track to ride,” he shared, “It has good flow and continuity.”

Dabby sent us video of himself and others riding the new track. Check it out (Please note: Soundtrack on video is NSFW)…

As you can see in this NW Trail Alliance blog post, there’s also a separate “kiddie track” for the little ones.

This is such a promising project and we hope this is just the first of many pump track throughout the city. Stay tuned for more coverage and watch the NW Trail Alliance website for opportunities to help out.

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  • October 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the heads up about how NSFW the soundtrack is on that video.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

      Sorry. Didn’t realize that. I’ve marked the video NSFW.

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      • Mindful Cyclist October 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

        For what it’s worth, I had no idea what NSFW meant and watched the video anyway. No big deal as I was alone, but it may be a good idea to spell out the acronyms as not every one knows what FWIW and IANAL mean.

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    • oliver October 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm

      NSFW by nature of being tuneless racket that the kids are calling music these days.

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      • Dabby October 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        That Tuneless Racket was picked by a 45 year old man..

        Not to mention that song is from like 22 years ago.

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      • Scott October 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

        I wonder if anyone but Dabby can tell me what Nirvana song is actually a Vaselines cover without googling it.

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    • twilliam October 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Grow a spine. If you’re that sensitive to ‘surprises’ maybe you shouldn’t even access the Internet.

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  • velowocky October 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Maybe this public/private partnership with the Trail Alliance and the Parks Dept. will pave (unpave?) the way toward more opportunities for dirt loving riders. It would be great to see IMBA, for example, working with local agencies to increase available single track. I don’t think the general public realizes that there are orgs like IMBA and the Trail Alliance that can add these great opportunities without adding a lot of costs to taxpayers.

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  • Oliver October 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Looks nice, is the track open, or is the public being asked to refrain from riding before NWTA finish their work?

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    • Tom Archer October 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Track is open. The outer loop is rideable. We’ll continue to work on it to make it faster (as with all pumptracks). We’ll also be adding some landscaping and a kiosk over the next few months.

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  • rwl1776 October 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    thumbs up…..but do tell me that helmets WILL be required?!

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    • sorebore October 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Aorrrhh, for fooks sake Maggie!

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    • Tom Archer October 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Interesting question. We’ve seen lot’s of riders young and old without helmets. Without getting too deep into the merits of helmets, Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation just posted the rules for Eichler Park and interestingly, helmets are suggested but not required. I haven’t talked with their legal folks but I suspect there was some legal considerations that went into the decision. Ultimately, it’s not NWTA’s call. I’m curious, what’s the signage say at the local skateparks?

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      • sorebore October 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        Hey Tom.. If i am not mistaken all skate parks in Multnomah county have sign’s that require helmets. I believe, all children under 16 are required to where them at all times be it on bikes, boards, scooter’s or the parent faces a 250 dollarish fine. The pump track as I see it is low risk compared to say the 12 foot drop in the deep end at Pier Park! I spend countless hours at skate parks with my child, one in ten kids ever have on helmets and there is very little enforcement.

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    • Paul October 18, 2011 at 11:58 am

      What, they’re going to allow cars on the track? Come on.

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  • AC October 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    my 6yo rode it yesterday and loved it

    thx to the folks that pushed to get it installed!!!!

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  • Brian October 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Support NWTA and projects such as this by becoming a member! It’s only $30/year to join NWTA and IMBA. All details on the website at:

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    • Tom October 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Yes, more members = more pump tracks!

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  • Tom Archer October 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    We’re working on another 2-3 potential projects and are looking for other opportunities. The requirements are pretty basic – access to water, and proximity to mass transit. If anyone has ideas for possible locations, drop a note to

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  • Paul in the 'couve October 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Rode it today with my 4 year old. He liked the kiddy track. Thanks NWTA

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  • Dabby October 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I was there for two hours today and it is drying well.
    Was fast and fun.
    Had to make myself stop riding to save my old back….

    It should be really dry by Thursday afternoon if this weather holds up…

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