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Expanding Gettysburg rec park pump track seeks builders and riders

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It’s hard to believe our 100% volunteer built and maintained pump track has already been open for a year! During its past year, the track has been enjoyed by many people, both old and young, looking to get outside and unplug from electronics.  As GARA celebrates the one-year anniversary of the bicycle pump track, it is time to make some exciting announcements. 

We are excited to announce that we will be adding a new technical dirt section, so advanced or more adventurous riders can “catch some air”.  We are planning on modifying and adjusting some sections of the current track layout as well. GARA will also be adding several mountain bike obstacles which will test and help improve rider’s balance and skills. The obstacles will consist of a slightly raised balance beam, jump(s) made out of logs for riders to balance and maneuver over, and other obstacles to test riders’ skills.

GARA will also be accepting monetary donations from local businesses as well as individuals who would like to help out the track to purchase a cycle rescue station. The station is an all-weather, outdoor bike repair stand that contains phillips and standard screwdrivers, tire levers, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 mm allen wrenches, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, and 32 mm box wrenches, and an air pump. The tools are attached securely by retractable braided stainless-steel cable. The rescue station will be mounted/concreted in the track area, so cyclists both enjoying the track and riding on the Biser Fitness trail can utilize it. The total cost of the station is $1,675. Donations can be dropped off at the Charlie Sterner Building during regular business hours.

Our 2nd annual Track or Treat event will take place on October 16th from 3pm – 6pm. Riders are encouraged to dress up in costumes and ride the track and obstacles while Halloween music is playing. Goodie bags with candy will be given to all riders. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket if you’d like to relax. Along with Track or Treat, there will also be tables set up from local organizations handing out candy. If you would like to set up a table or donate candy, please contact the rec park. CDC guidelines will be followed at the event.

Since the bicycle track is 100% volunteer,  build days play a huge role in the existence and continuation of the track. Upcoming volunteer track build days will be on Sunday October 3rd and Friday October 8th starting at 9 am. This is a great opportunity to help out the community and also provides students the chance to earn service hours. Any help is greatly appreciated. Please follow the GARA pump track via its Facebook page for track information and updates.

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Jimmy Phelps is a member of GARA board and can be contacted via the Gettysburg Rec Park Bicycle Pump Track Facebook page or through the GARA website. https://www.facebook.com/Gettysburg-Rec-Park-Bicycle-Pump-Track-106990251000894

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