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story.lead_photo.caption Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista Three-year-old Owen Kelly had the pump track to himself for part of the afternoon last Thursday. He was riding a balance bike with no pedals, while his father supervised. The new bike skills park is located inside Metfield Park on Bella Vista’s east side.

Lynn Atkins

On a sunny afternoon in the middle of spring break, the age of bike riders at the new bike skills park inside Metfield Park ranged from 3 to 19.

The 19-year-old's bike was only a little bigger than the 3-year-old's.

Both love the pump track.

"It's really awesome," Ben Martin, the 19-year-old, said. "There's nothing else like this around here."

A pump track is a continuous loop of berms and rollers ridden without pedaling, according to The name pump track comes from the pumping motion used by the rider's upper and lower body as they ride around the track.

Martin said he hasn't spent much time on the trails because his bike doesn't have brakes. But he's always been into bike riding, so watching the trails and the skills park go in was awesome.

General News on 03/29/2017

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