Quincy Council Requests Design and Cost Estimate for Pumpway Expansion

QUINCY – A bike-skateboard-scooter track – known as a pump track – planned for construction in Quincy’s East Park could be expanded, either this year or in 2023. Members of the Quincy City Council have authorized research on a second phase for the city’s new pump park at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

City Services Manager Carl Worley said at Tuesday’s meeting that the track as designed works well for some runners but not others.

“The current design targets bikes more than scooters or skateboards,” Worley said.

A pump park is a series of bumps and curves for cyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders, sometimes paved, sometimes not. The goal is to roll as far as possible using only the initial momentum. Construction of the East Park pump track is expected to begin this month.

Quincy resident Greg Martinez asked about the design at the March 17 council meeting, saying he didn’t think it would be an appealing design for scooter riders and skateboarders.

“The option of adding a scooter-friendly option seems to offer the best solution,” Worley said.

City officials asked pump track designers, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, about possible modifications.

In an email included with the meeting documentation, David Fleischhauer of the EMBA suggested that it would be best to build a track more suitable for scooters and skateboards in a second phase.

“We are not expert scooter/skate riders, so we would need a window of time for outside consultation on this,” Fleischhauer wrote.

Fleischhauer said the design process would be similar to the bicycle pump track. Once a preliminary design was completed, city officials, scooter and skateboard riders, and Quincy residents were usually asked for feedback. These comments would be incorporated into the final design before the city moves forward with construction of the eventual second phase.

Fleischhauer estimated the design process would take about two months.

Council members authorized city officials to work with the EMBA on a second-phase design and provide a cost estimate. The council would then decide whether or not to proceed.

Worley said if council decides to go ahead, city officials hope to build the second phase this summer.

“But otherwise he would be prepped and ready to go in the spring of 2023,” Worley said.

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