Pump tracks are a great way to burn off some energy for kiddos that love to be on wheels. I’ve rounded up a few tracks around Cleveland so you can check these locations out for yourself!
WHAT IS A PUMP TRACK?
A pump track is a small, looping trail system that you can ride a bike or anything else with wheels continuously without pedaling or pushing.
IS THIS KID FRIENDLY?
Depends on the kid! Pump tracks are a fun & unique way to get kids to play & exercise outside but it does take a level of skill. Pump tracks can be good for those that ride balance bikes, pedal bikes, or anything else with wheels. Some courses may be advanced & attract adult riders. I would recommend visiting early in the day for a better chance of exploring it safely or visit a location that has beginner/tot tracks.
IS IT FREE?
The handful that are around Cleveland are indeed free. They are usually incorporated into a local park & available to all.
IS THIS ONLY FOR BIKES?
Nope! If your kiddo prefers a scooter like mine, they can also enjoy a pump track – skateboarders & roller bladers, too!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Bikes, scooters, or skateboards of course & don’t forget helmets!
PUMP TRACKS AROUND THE CLEVELAND AREA:
Bexley Park – tap for Google Map – South Euclid
Located right next to the Playground of Possibilities, Bexley Park’s pump track was the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio. Newly paved in August, this track features 650 feet of asphalt rollers, jumps, berms, & endless lines. There’s also a 300 foot tot trail with 5 ramp features such as a tunnel & wooden bridges.
Mercedes Cotner Park – tap for Google Map – Cleveland
Located near Rays Indoor Bike Park, this is also a newer paved pump track on Cleveland’s west side. This location also has a tot trail.
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation – tap for Google Map – Cuyahoga Heights
Part of the Cleveland Metroparks, this pump track at Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation is officially open!! There is a tot trail here as well as an intermediate/advanced course with jumps.
Austin Badger Park Outlaw Trails – tap for Google Map – Medina
This pump track in Medina features a dual slalom, 2 pump tracks including a tot trail, & a jump line.
McGuan Park Pump Track – tap for Google Map – Norwalk
Located by an all-abilities playground, this newly paved pump track has a wheelchair accessible tot track – the first of its kind in the state of Ohio.
Battery Park Pump Track – tap for Google Map – Sandusky
Large outdoor pump track next to a marina with beautiful views of the lake.