READING, Pa. – An empty lot in Reading is getting a makeover. Volunteers are building a pump track, and there’s still work to do before the track is up and running. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of digging,” said volunteer Luis Perez. Eager, young volunteers from Reading are getting their hands dirty for a good cause.
“What the track does is give you a high cardio, low-impact exercise, so you are using your weight against the track to compress or pull from the track without pedaling, so instead of pedaling around the track, you pump the track,” said the track’s creator, Jim Dellavalle.
The track is being built in the 900 block of Penn Street. For years, it was just a vacant lot, but with the help of many community organizations, it will soon be completely renovated.
“I don’t want no one to mess it up, because we worked so hard on this,” said Perez.
Volunteers, who all live within a few blocks of the pump track, have been working every day since the project got off the ground.
They’re going to have a cool place to ride. Another incentive, every day they work earns them points toward a new bike. “Now, you don’t have to ride in the streets.
Now, you can ride here,” said Luis Torres, a volunteer who was rewarded Thursday with a new bike for his work.
“In order for you to have something, you need to do hard work in order for you to get it. You can’t just get it out of nowhere,” said Perez.
The official grand opening of the park will be mid-August.