Saturday, Aug. 10 was a busy day for the Kingdom Trails community. Volunteers, staff and members of the Lyndonville Village Improvement Society spent the cool morning hours revamping the pump track at Powers Park.
The public pump track, (a hard packed dirt loop constructed of berms and turns designed to be ridden with little to no pedaling action), had been in an unusable state due to a lack of regular and knowledgeable maintenance. Upon completion of the project Radha Heath, a Kingdom Trails ambassador and director of the Powers Park Summer Program, will be trained in maintaining the track. KT’s executive director, Abby Long, describes the Powers Park complex, which also includes a pool, tennis courts, playground and pavilion, as “heaven on earth” for local and visiting children and families. She is hopeful that projects like the pump track will draw Kingdom Trails visitors into the village of Lyndonville. KT’s trail system has many branches within the town limits and a desire to give back in the communities that host them.
As a welcome follow up to a morning of hard work and volunteerism, KT partnered with Bike Borderlands for an afternoon “Retro Ride” and party celebrating the 25tth Anniversary of Kingdom Trails Association. Kingdom Trails has grown tremendously since its inception in 1994 and is now stop #5 of 7 on the Tour de Borderlands, a mountain biking initiative connecting Quebec, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Attendees of the 90s themed event enjoyed costume-optional group rides, prize giveaways and apres ride drinks at the nearby outdoor bar.