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Not just new, but world-class.

The Jones Center in Springdale has added a world-class pump track built by Velosolutions, which will be the USA’s newest and largest pump track! The Runway Bike Park is the newest gem in Northwest Arkansas. Soon riders of all ages and skill levels will not only be able to access the 25,000 sqft pump track but a bicycle playground and three skills development lines, which are just a few short weeks from being open to the public.

What is a pump track?

A pump track is a small, looping trail system that you can ride continuously without pedaling. Your speed along the pump track is dependent on your ability to gain momentum by “pumping” the tight terrain transitions of the track.

Red Bull Pump Track Championship

On Saturday, October 13th, the Runway Bike Park will play host to the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship! From Olympians to World Champions, professionals to local heroes, the very best pump track riders from over 20 countries will earn their place at the World Final in Springdale, AR! Check out the complete schedule of events leading up the championship HERE.

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Thaden Fieldhouse

Taking its name from famed Arkansas-born pilot Louise Thaden, the Thaden Field is a full service, community-centric aviation center.
The goal of Thaden Field is a simple one: Increasing access to aviation across Northwest Arkansas by connecting airport to community. The 22,000 square foot Thaden Fieldhouse on the Northwest side of the airport houses an aviation exhibition center, a retail space, and a large balcony allowing visitors to watch as aircraft come and go from the nearby runways.
Situated on the Southwest shore of Lake Bentonville, the new Thaden Fieldhouse offers more than opportunities for flight. LOUISE is a modern all-day cafe located in the Fieldhouse at Thaden Field that serves diner-style breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The completion of Bentonville’s first boardwalk makes the 11-acre lake even more accessible to hobbyists, who can use canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards and fishing equipment.
The space also offers a conference room available for business travelers, flexible office spaces, and a flying club for aviation enthusiasts.

“After years of planning, this area is on its way to connecting not only aviation groups additionally sharing the history of aviation in the area with locals and visitors. Louise gives visitors the perfect view of planes taking off and landing on the runway. The Bentonville lake is expanding for more fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Children can enjoy a new playground and Osage Prairie Park will provide entertainment for archery, walking trails, an apple orchard and sculptures. Louise and Thaden Field House are two additions to our community that revel hidden gems of Bentonville, Arkansas.”

Baylea Birchfield Source: Aviation Ascends in Bentonville by NWA Native

B.L.B. Photography

The pictures and the quote are both from local photographer and blogger, Baylea Birchfield. She recently wrote a wonderful piece about her experience visiting the Thaden Fieldhouse on her blog entitled  “Aviation Ascends in Bentonville”. Check it out below!

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