TRUCKEE — Last year, a motivated group of volunteers scrapped and fundraised until realizing its dream of building a brand new dirt pump track along the western edge of River View Sports Park.
The Truckee Pump Track, as it was dubbed, was a hit from Day 1, attracting legions of bikers young and old to its smooth-flowing lines tucked into the trees near the BMX track, just off of Highway 267.
That was only the start. One year later, the volunteer group is set to unveil Phase 2 of construction — a jump park — this Saturday.
“It’s really cool. It’s a very progressive jump park,” said Mark Featherstone, a member of the Truckee Bike Park Project group along with Aaron Sturm, Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin.
“Instead of your traditional dirt jumps where you have a straight line of jumps, and then another straight line next to it, we have berms, rollers, pumps and jumps. It’s kind of a flowy, free-form jump park that allows you to pick whatever kind of line you want. There’s an infinite number of lines in there.”
Featherstone said a DJ will be on hand for the opening ceremony, as well as a Red Truck to feed the crowd of bikers.
Phase 2 of the multi-year project was made possible with the financial support of many. The main players include title sponsor Clear Capital, as well as the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, High Fives Foundation, Truckee Rotary and Tahoe Mountain Resort Foundation, among others, including many community members who donated to the cause.
As far as the land used for the Truckee Bike Park Project, Featherstone said his group continues to receive priceless support from the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, the Truckee Sanitary District and the Truckee-Tahoe Airport — entities that own or lease the area around River View Sports Park.
And Featherstone and company are still far from done. They’ve received the green light to expand with several more phases. They plan to build flow trails, a cross-country trail, a skills development zone, a drop zone and another dirt jump park, while also sprucing up the original pump track. A phase per year is the target.
The group also continues to install rock plaques with sponsors’ names around the bike park, and has plans to add signage to the entrance.
“We’re moving forward to make it look more professional, instead of just a bunch of dirt jumps in the woods,” Featherstone said.
To donate or get involved, check out the Truckee Bike Park Project’s Facebook page.