Penrose Park Mr. Bumpy Face

Help Mr. Bumpy Face!

The Penrose Park Velodrome is nick-named Mr. Bumpy Face for a reason. Mr. Bumpy Face just celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary in 2012. After being repaved 1982, the elements haven’t been forgiving. With old age, our beloved Velodrome has developed cracks and bumps in the pavement surface that aren’t easily repaired. But wouldn’t it be great to ride a track that’s as smooth as glass?

When St. Louis City passed a bond issue for the park system in late 2011, the dream of completely rebuilding the velodrome became a real possibility. As money from the bond issue is spent over the next several years, it is essential to make sure the velodrome is one of the many projects that the Parks Dept. and Board of Aldermen choose to build. Let these key players know Penrose is ready for a real investment from the City, please copy and paste the info and include your personal message about how you use the track and why it’s important for St. Louis if you like. Please send the letters to the following recipients:

Alderman Sharon Tyus 

SharonT@stlouis-mo.gov

Gary Bess
St. Louis City Parks Director
BessG@stlouis-mo.gov
Dan Skillman
St. Louis City Commissioner of Parks
SkillmanD@stlouis-mo.gov

Dear St. Louis City Parks Director,

The St. Louis City Parks Dept. has an asset in the Penrose Park Velodrome that could be dramatically improved with an investment made through the Parks Bond issue approved in 2011. Despite the deteriorated condition of the velodrome surface, a dedicated group of users have been holding weekly events since 2005 and introduce many new riders to the track each year. In order to keep the track minimally functional, riders who use the track have spent over $35,000 since 2005 to maintain the surface, but deterioration continues. Without completely removing the current aged asphalt and replacing it with a new concrete surface, the velodrome will again soon be unusable.

St. Louis has a growing cycling community, and a rebuilt Penrose Park could host quality local and regional events throughout the summer. Penrose is one of 27 velodromes in the country and one of seven in the greater midwest. A new concrete surface would put Penrose Park on track to become one of the better venues in the country.

Rebuilding the velodrome should be one of the priority items for the Parks Dept. over the next few years. Please let me know what I can do to help make a new Penrose Park a reality.

Thank you,

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Dear Alderman Tyus,

When St. Louis approved a bond issue for the park system in 2011, the local cycling community saw a tremendous opportunity to improve the velodrome inside Penrose Park in the 1st ward. Despite the deteriorated condition of the velodrome surface, a dedicated group of users have been holding weekly events since 2005 and introduce many new riders to the track each year. In order to keep the track minimally functional, riders who use the track have spent over $35,000 since 2005 to maintain the surface, but deterioration continues. Without completely removing the current aged asphalt and replacing it with a new concrete surface, the velodrome will again soon be unusable.

St. Louis has a growing cycling community, and a rebuilt Penrose Park could host quality local and regional events throughout the summer. Penrose is one of 27 velodromes in the country and one of seven in the greater midwest. A new concrete surface would put Penrose Park on track to become one of the better venues in the country. A new track would also help long talked about efforts to develop a youth track program inside the park.

Cyclists from St. Louis City and County are eager to see Penrose Park improved through money from the bond issue. Please let us know how we can help make this project become a reality.

Thank you,

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