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Panther Valley Park bicycle pump track grand opening Friday



Tomorrow, from 4 to 5 p.m., the city of Reno, Poedunks, Inc. and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association will be celebrating the grand opening of the bicycle pump track at Reno’s Panther Valley Park at 850 Link Lane.

This new track is the first public pump track to open in Reno. A pump track is an endless loop of rollers and berms where bicycle riders propel themselves through the track by shifting their body weight, or “pumping,” in conjunction with the track contours, rather than having to pedal. It is used for recreational and skills development in addition to being a great community gathering place for off-road bicycle riders to play.

The Panther Valley Park pump track can be used by all age groups and all experience levels and will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The benefits of a pump track include promoting healthy, physical outdoor activity; a low risk environment for cyclists of all ages and skill levels; affordable fun for all families (no cost to use the track); a sustainable recreation with minimal environmental impact and low initial costs along with low maintenance costs.

The grand opening celebration will include a ribbon cutting and demo rides by bicycle riders. Black Rock Bicycle will be hosting hot dogs and beverages.

The track was built through volunteer efforts of the Poedunks, Inc. (www.poedunk.org) and the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (www.mountainbiketahoe.org) along with many in-kind donations. In May, the Reno City Council approved a recommendation by the Ward 4 North Valleys Neighborhood Advisory Board and the Recreation and Parks Commission for the project.

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