More updates on the Corktown Pump Track

Brian rides the Corktown Pump TrackThe new pump track in Detroit’s Corktown neighboorhood is causing a buzz and rightly so. It’s a great, low cost recreation alternative for a city with plenty of vacant open space.

And open space was a key discussion point at yesterday’s Finding Common Ground for a Sustainable Detroit conference. Dan Pitera, Director of the Detroit Community Design Collaborative noted that there is 1,045 square feet of open space for every Detroit resident. In San Francisco, there is 190 square feet per resident.

Yes, every Detroit resident could have their own pump track.

But at this point Corktown is it. Fortunately, the Corktown Residents’ Council Planning Committee are looking ahead. They are documenting what they’ve done and expect to share the plans and process for other Detroit neighborhoods. They have plans for some landscaping, benches, and more. They’re also looking at how to make sure the kids in the neighborhood have access to bikes.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness has a couple programs aimed at increasing youth activity. They are very interested in the pump track due to its simplicity, low cost, and low susceptibility to vandalism. It’s just dirt.

There are also some similarities between pump tracks and the city’s efforts to foster community gardening. Both are often build on vacant, require water, are community efforts, and build stewardship.

Also, a couple videos have been made of the Corktown project. The first is a cool one from MattMTB which shows the pump track being constructed.

And this one is from the Detroit Free Press.

The group of riders going past the pump track was the Detroit Synergy Java Junket — a group ride between some of Detroit’s coolest coffee shops.

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