Senator Pearson announces grant funding for improvements to Diamond Hill park pump track


STATE HOUSE — Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln) announced today that the town of Cumberland will receive a $100,000 small development grant from the Department of Environmental Management for improvements to the Diamond Hill Pump Track.

“Diamond Hill Park is a treasured recreation area in Cumberland, and this grant will improve a heavily utilized mountain biking pump track that was built by volunteers to allow for skill development before hitting the more advanced trails in the park,” said Senator Pearson. “Over the years, the pump track has suffered from general wear and tear and is in desperate need of rehabilitation. I am extremely gratified that the DEM awarded this grant to Cumberland to improve a facility that is enjoyed by so many.”

The project will include the design of a new dirt course and pump track facility. A portion of the facility will be within the footprint of the existing course with a slight expansion to the east. It will include grading to the area to create berms, jumps and rolls suitable for all ages.

The funding is part of $4.1 million in matching grants to 13 municipalities to develop or renovate recreational facilities in their communities.

“The COVID-19 public health crisis has put an even sharper focus on the importance of public recreation areas and open spaces,” said DEM Director Terrence Gray. “We all cherish local parks, places to stroll, courts and fields on which to play sports, and inviting outdoor havens where families and friends can recreate and relax. DEM is very pleased to support communities in meeting their priorities for local outdoor recreation.”