St. Charles County Parks opened the largest asphalt pump track in the nation at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie on June 24. Nearly 600 guests of all ages attended to "test drive" the amazing 30,000-square-foot track that features beginner, intermediate and advance sections. This "all wheels" course is open year-round to BMX, mountain and strider bikes; scooters; skateboards and inline skates.
Not a biker or skater? Spectators are welcome to come out and watch from the sidelines!
The track is expected to captivate riders from across the globe, including Tommy Zula, professional BMX rider and 2019 Redbull UCI Pump Track World Champion, who says he is excited to visit. Designed by Velosolutions, the world's premier pump track designer, this looping track consists of a circuit of paved rollers, including an impressive jump line, banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders "pumping" instead of pedaling or pushing.
The pump track is open daily until sunset. Lighting will be installed by this fall, which will allow guests to ride the track until the park closes at night. Youth Activity Park hours are from 12 – 9 p.m., Sunday – Thursday; 12 – 10 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday. Guests 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets and a participation waiver are required.
To keep guests safe while visiting, the following health and safety measures have been implemented at the park: