The Highlands Pump Track project was initiated in Fall 2022 by Highlands Community League through the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Park Development Program (NPDP).
The project proposes that a small-scale pump track be built on the southeast side of the Gaby Haas Park site.
The project visions an inclusive amenity that is safe, accessible and allows for participation for multiple ages and physical abilities.
A pump track is a circular loop consisting of rollers and berms, for wheeled sports equipment that when ridden properly, does not require peddling or pushing, but a “pumping” action to maintain momentum.
Questions about this project were raised at the October 10, 2023 Highlands Community League board meeting. The questions and answers follow:
Questions answered by the HCL and project team
The current concept drawings submitted by the contractor were for approximately $400,000 but further modifications and changes will be made so this is not a final cost. Through the NPDP project, The City of Edmonton will match up to $250,000.
A number of asphalt pump tracks have been built in Alberta in the last five years (to name a few: Yellowhead County, Calgary, High River). Asphalt is low maintenance in comparison to dirt or crushed rock and are resistant to water ingress and offer long-term durability. The asphalt surface also offers a versatile and inclusive environment that allows for an optimal riding experience for bike riders, skateboarders, and scooter enthusiasts. This promotes higher utilization amongst a wide range of user groups.
- Highlands Park
- Eastglen Park
- The area surrounding the community league
Fundraising must be completed by October 2024 and the project must be built by the end of 2025.
We wanted people to learn more about the project and see the concept drawings in order to make an informed decision about the project.
The idea was brought to the Highlands Community League Board by a member of the Highlands Community because they saw an opportunity to enhance the amenities in our community. The pump track has since been supported by Highlands residents through two phases of engagement.
The focus of the Strategy and Concept Phase engagement was with Highlands residents. With Bellevue and Montrose directly surrounding Highlands, there was an understanding that residents may not be aware of the neighbourhood boundaries. For the Strategy Phase survey, we added a demographics question to ensure a Highlands focus.
The Community League has supported a variety of mechanisms for engagement on the project including, flyers, posters, social media (numbers TBD), HCL enewsletter (approx 1250 people), survey, and in-person sessions. The survey asked takers to indicate their community of residence, and we trust that people would not misrepresent themselves.
In the Needs Assessment survey, a number of choices were given.