Waiting is just a small bump in the road for one Rainier resident preparing to tackle the construction of a new pump track near Wilkowski Park behind Rainier Chapel.
Ken Adams, 42, has been in constant communication with the Rainier City Council for efforts in installing the circuit. With all councilors in favor during a Rainier City Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, the project will move forward this spring.
Local businesses have pledged to donate dirt and the use of heavy equipment in efforts to build a dirt base for the track, which is used predominantly by BMX riders.
“The C & E Development guys are going to provide us with dirt and help us push it around,” Adams told the Nisqually Valley News. “We’re going to keep it as dirt for a while so we can see if we need to change anything.”
Keeping dirt on the surface at first will allow him to make changes to the track until he finds what works. When that time comes, and if the financial means are there, Adams said having a paved pump track is still the plan.
“At first we’re going to ask for donations, so people can donate concrete and asphalt work,” said Adams. “If that doesn’t work, then I could always write a couple grants.”
Though the council approved the track, some council members feared starting construction as the rainy season already appears to be underway.
“John Hinton suggested that we put it off until spring because the rainy weather was supposed to hit, which it did, and he’s concerned that with putting down that much dirt, digging it up, and erosion, water control would be an issue,” said Mayor Bob Shaw. “Because of the digging and stuff, I want to make sure that we’re not doing something that we shouldn’t be doing on that piece of property.”
Adams, who for the past two years has traveled across the Pacific Northwest with his 10 year-old son, Kadden, watching him compete in BMX races, believes the new facility will help locals get into the sport of BMX racing and will help those already interested stay in the area.
The nearest pump track for Rainier residents is located over 30 miles away in Sumner.
Work on the project began last September when Adams got on the Rainier City Council’s agenda to propose the construction on city property without the use of taxpayer funds, stating he plans on applying for a grant to provide funds for the paving of the structure.
Since then, Adams has fired up support from both the council and the community and plans to begin moving dirt on the property as early as March.