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Ky. nonprofit hopes to open unique trail for bike riders

NEWPORT, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- A northern Kentucky nonprofit says it's close to breaking ground on a one of a kind track and trails for mountain bike riders in Newport. It's called a pump track.

A pump track is a series of continuous loop of dirt berms and smooth dirt mounds where bikers make the ride without pedaling. David Huff of Riding Forward says the group is working with the city of Newport and the Brighton Center to make it all happen. At the moment, Veterans Park appears to the future home of the pump track.

"There's a good amount of green space and some wooded areas that are currently not being utilized, so we weren't going to disrupt what is already in the park," says Huff.

The closest pump track to the Cincinnati area is located in Columbus, Ohio. There are numerous mountain biking trails around the area, but nothing on this level. Brady Delong says the pump track will be a place for everyone to enjoy.

"We see the pump track as a place where kids can come out, a place where fathers, sons, mothers and daughters can come out and spend the a whole day," said Delong.

Riding Forward is a nonprofit 5013c and is raising the money to build the track, no city funding will be used.

Delong says the project won't stop with just the track. Future biking trails will be built in the woods, too.

"We don't want to just go in and put a pump track in, we want to landscape it, drain properly; we want this to be a lasting piece of property in the community," said Delong.

Riding Forward says it met earlier in the week with Newport residents and will meet again with the city next week to iron out a timeline for construction.

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