.Volunteers Needed to Help Landscape New Ramsay Park Pumptrack

Work continues on the new Ramsay Park Pumptrack, including the addition of a layer of asphalt to the lumpy bicycle and skate course. 

Being built by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC), crews are currently installing new split rail fencing. When completed, the park will provide an arena for bicycling, skating, rollerblading and scootering for all ages in a landscaped setting.

“We’re looking at an early March opening,” said MBOSC spokeswoman Katie Poniatowski. “We’re hoping folks come out and help put on the final touch of this great project with volunteering in our landscape effort. It’s the perfect opportunity to help beautify their community and learn as much as possible about this project.”

Sierra Azul of Watsonville is helping supply plants for the project while Delta Blue is supplying grass sod that will punctuate the track.

“(The sod) will look really nice; it’s a great final touch,” Poniatowski said.

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The pump track, which replaces the old skatepark at the rear of Ramsay Park, will be the largest in Santa Cruz County.

Due to ongoing pandemic safety restrictions, Poniatowski said a grand opening event will take place virtually. 

The project is the first paved pump track built by the MBOSC team, and will feature nearly 20,000 square feet of pristine rollers, berms and jumps. The park is designed to be nearly maintenance-free, with underground storm drainage and native and drought-tolerant plants.

Organizers are reaching out to the community for help with the landscaping phase of the project. People can sign up for any of these slots:

  • Feb. 16, 3-5pm
  • Feb. 18, 3-5pm
  • Feb. 21, 9am-noon and 12:30pm-3:30pm
  • Feb. 23, 3-5pm
  • Feb. 25, 3-5pm
  • Feb. 28 9am-noon and 12:30pm-3:30pm

For more information, visit mbosc.org/watsonville-pumptrack.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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