Why are these cyclists smiling?
Believe it or not, these are grins for green infrastructure.
You might be picturing pavement and pipelines, but Chattanooga’s first green infrastructure demonstration project is actually a park. Unveiled last month, the Spears Avenue Pump Track does double duty: it’s a bike skills area designed to help manage stormwater runoff.
The new pump track is an access point for Stringer’s Ridge Park, Chattanooga’s best singletrack in riding distance of downtown. Already, it’s providing a gathering place for the diverse Hill City neighborhood—while helping the city prevent flooding and protect its drinking water.
A pump track’s not the only way green infrastructure can look like fun. From playgrounds to riverfront parks, The Trust for Public Land is helping communities use green space to manage all sorts of water woes. Want to see how it works? Check out this quick video—then get out and ride!
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