Dirt rollers draw crowd to South Whidbey Community Park

Bicyclists hit the rollers at the new pump track May 19 at Community Park.  - Erin Simms photo
Bicyclists hit the rollers at the new pump track May 19 at Community Park.
— image credit: Erin Simms photo

South Whidbey likes to play on dirt.

Some 50 people turned out for the opening of a pump track at South Whidbey Community Park last weekend.

Ceremonially unveiling the park was the culmination of a project by Blake Deilke, an eighth-grade student at Whidbey Island Waldorf School. He proposed the track of dirt rollers and sloped turns, about the length of the adjacent skate park, and implemented its creation with the help of David Gardiner, owner of Half Link Bicycle Shop.

Park commissioners Don Wood, Matt Simms and Jim Porter presented plaques of appreciation to Gardiner and Blake in recognition of their leadership, volunteerism and work on the construction of the pump track.

The two biking enthusiasts demonstrated the pump track’s use to the crowd Sunday, pumping up and down the rollers and circling the track without pedaling. Afterward a train of bikes circled the track with 17 riders in the train, setting the mark for most riders at one time circling the track.

The track was then officially opened and everyone was invited to ride and pump on the track. People rode the track and watched the riders well past 3:30 p.m.


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