BANDON — Residents may have noticed large amounts of soil being placed in City Park adjacent to the old skateboard park.

The Parks & Recreation Commission has approved a concept plan to convert the existing BMX track into a “pump track.” Pump tracks are closed-circuit bicycle tracks contoured in soil to form rollers, mounds and berms, according to City Manager Matt Winkel. They are designed to be ridden without pedaling to provide a full-body workout. Riders use their bodies to pump (or push down) into the dips and pull up before the crest of each mound throughout the continuous loop.

The project is being undertaken with the help of volunteers and donations. The commission received a commitment from Gary and Karen Gant to donate the needed soil. Equipment and construction work will be provided by Tony and Troy Russell with additional help from the Public Works Department. Construction of the pump track is under way.

The Parks & Recreation Commission is also seeking volunteers to help with construction of several more disc golf tee boxes. Commissioners Troy Russell and Donny Goddard have completed three, but six more still need to be installed. The commission hopes to complete the project this summer.

Those interested in volunteering for either the pump track or disc golf tee box project can contact City Planner Michelle Hampton at 541-347-2437, or by e-mail at mhampton@ci.bandon.or.us.

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