Pump Track is coming to Herriman
Aug 10, 2020 11:29AM
By Justin Adams
Herriman’s new pump track will be just the second in the valley, following this one in West Valley. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
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Later this month a brand-new pump track will be installed along the Midas Creek trail.
A pump track consists of a continuous loop of banks and turns, which allows riders to navigate through the track without pedaling or exerting similar force. All it takes is some balance and coordination to maintain one’s momentum through the course.
“This opportunity came to us almost by accident,” said Herriman’s deputy director of Parks, Events and Recreation Anthony Teuscher. The company contracted by city officials to build the Midas Creek trail “didn’t quite follow the plan,” he said, which left a large open space. “We felt like a pump track fit well in that space.”
The pump track will only be the second such amenity in the valley, with the other located at Centennial Park in West Valley City, constructed just last year. Teuscher said Herriman City leaders have been in contact with officials of West Valley City as they have prepared for the new amenity.
“I’ve spoken to some of their maintenance workers, and they’ve said it’s been incredibly popular,” Teuscher said.
Herriman leaders will be employing the same contractor as West Valley City to build the pump track, which will cost about $100,000—one of the more economical options according to Teuscher. Herriman’s track, however, will be a little smaller. It will cater more to younger riders on scooters and bicycles, said Teuscher. But city officials are already considering building a second larger pump track in the Juniper Canyon area.
Part of the process for getting the new amenity approved included an open house where the public was invited to provide its thoughts. Teuscher said the response was “all positive,” and he expects that excitement to only increase as people learn about it and try it for themselves.
“We’re really excited about this amenity,” he said. “It’s a unique feature, and we think it will have a great response.”