Uxbridge ‘Pump Park’ Receives Funding Boost

 Uxbridge Awarded a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant to build an outdoor bike and skate park, also known as the ‘Pump Park’ 

Uxbridge, ON — Plans to build a world-class, hard-surface Pump Park at the Fields of Uxbridge have taken a major step forward with the recent announcement that the project has been awarded a $150,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital grant. 

The project, which has been in the planning stages for several years, is led by Uxbridge Rotary, in partnership with the Township of Uxbridge and with support from the Uxbridge Optimists. The park will be built adjacent to the Rotary Skate Park at the Fields of Uxbridge. 

“Our government continues to invest in projects that truly make a difference for the people of Pickering-Uxbridge,” said MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy. “Building this world-class recreational facility will help to foster active, healthy lifestyles for many across our region.” 

“This is a critical step forward,” explained Steve Snoddon project lead from the Uxbridge Rotary Club. “This Pump Park facility will be a community asset for our youth, and those of us who are not so young. The park will be a destination for individuals and families from near and far.” 

“I love this project. Pump Tracks are a great way for people of all ages to get outside, get exercise and increase their skills,” added Township of Uxbridge Mayor Dave Barton. “The Rotary Club, Optimists and our local volunteers have done a fantastic job with this project and I can’t wait to try it on my bike and my long-board!” 

The first hard-surface Pump Park was built in Switzerland in 2011. The concept was an instant hit and there are now Pump Parks in communities around the world. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities.