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This is the type of “pump track” built by the company Action Sports Construction.

It’s good for mountain bike practice, or just plain kids’ fun

LYNDEN ­— Those attending the City Council meeting Monday got introduced to the concept of “a BMX pump track,” and one is coming to a park near you.

Councilors, after seeing a video with explanation from proponent Kevin Rus, voted in favor of allowing the undulating bicycle track to be built at Bender Fields next spring.

It will be just north of the multi-sport Rotary Park project that is already in progress, although it is “completely separate” in its origination, Rus said.

The plan for the track area, about 80 by 120 feet, is already drawn up. Now over the winter he will continue to line up at least $35,000 in funding, including aiming for donations of equipment and materials, said the Lynden resident.

The idea earlier won traction with the city parks director and council Parks Committee.

Rus elaborated after the meeting that pump tracks, whether geared more for kids on bikes or adults on mountain cycles, have been gaining in popularity across the country. The design he has in mind has already been built at Pinto Lake in California, and he is working with  Action Sports Construction   to do it here.

The Lynden track will have the capabilities for either easy or hard (with jumps) biking right next to each other. Rus said pump tracks can be “good training for mountain biking.”

Backing already has come from the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition, Cowden Gravel, WRS and the Lynden Regional Parks and Recreation District.

Although not part of the Rotary Park plan, which involves climbing boulders, basketball and pickleball courts and sand volleyball pits, “we have some of the same people supporting us,” Rus said.

He hopes that the track’s asphalt surfacing can line up well with the finishing of the Rotary Park courts, perhaps in May, he said.

Rus’s email is lyndenpumptrack@gmail.com.

In other action:

  •    Mayor Scott Korthuis administered the oath of office twice, first to the four Lynden City Council members who are entering new four-year terms and then to the new assistant fire chief for Lynden, Tom Hatley.

Although contested, Gary Bode, Ron DeValois, Gerald Kuiken and Brent Lenssen all won reelection last fall to Positions 1 through 4 on the council. Together, they represent about 78 years of service on the council. 

Hatley comes from Spokane County Fire District 8, where he specialized in training and will have that same emphasis along with fire prevention duties in the Lynden Fire Department, said Fire Chief Mark Billmire. 

At the end of Monday’s meeting, police lieutenant Russ Martin gave to Korthuis and each council member their own copy of a commemorative coin that has been minted in honor of Michael F. Knapp.

Knapp, serving at age 79 as Lynden’s interim chief of police after a long career in law enforcement, reached his “end of watch” death unexpectedly Nov. 6 after being struck by a vehicle on Fourth Street just outside City Hall Annex the day before.

Martin said this idea of striking a commemorative coin arose from within the police department and officer Jarren Van Loo had the most to do with the design of it, both front and back.

It contains the phrase “In Valor There is Hope” that goes back to Roman times, Martin said. The coin features the official LPD photo of Knapp, both the FBI and U.S. flags and, encircling, the words that Knapp often spoke as his creed, “Go out and shake someone’s hand, Ask how they are and really mean it.”

Martin said later that 200 copies of this coin have been made so far, and it will be given out also to the Ferndale and Blaine police departments, where Knapp served as well. The Lynden force carries the coin on duty shifts now. 

It is possible that more coins could be made, he added.

Three current Parks and Trails Advisory Committee members — Tad VanderGriend, Jeff Davis and Colby Weg — were all reappointed through 2022. 

Dave Timmer will serve another three-year term on the Berthusen Park Advisory Committee.

Blair Scott is approved for another four-year term on the city Planning Commission while Nikki Turner — who just ran for the City Council — will join the panel as a new member, replacing Brett Kok, who has resigned from it.

  • Former state legislator Vincent Buys was present to speak for the Comcast company as the city extended its franchise to offer cable TV service in town. 
  • The council passed an updated Comprehensive Stormwater Plan that is part of getting a needed federal discarge permit. 
  • Mayor Korthuis stays on the Whatcom Transportation Authority board with Bode as his alternate.
  • Councilors will give their preferences for serving on the city’s four standing commitees, and Korthuis will work those into a slate for the next two years.