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Committee backs the track

Concept plans for the new bike pump track in Martinborough. PHOTO/FILE

South Wairarapa District Council’s assets and services committee has supported the construction of a 220-metre pump track in Martinborough.

The next step for the project was to get the seal of approval from the full council.

The community group leading the project would then work with council staff to make their vision a reality.

Pump tracks were designed for all things on wheels, from bikes to skateboards.

The Martinborough track would have a combination of rolling jumps and turns to teach the basic skills of momentum, balance, and speed.

So far, $25,000 had been raised for the track, which would be constructed at Considine Park.

In October, the group signalled to the council committee that the track would be located on the park’s eastern side.

As a result of community engagement, it would now be on the western side near the swimming pool.

A council report said this new location mitigated noise concerns raised by neighbours.

It also meant the open areas of the park would remain intact.

Trailpro Trail Construction had developed a concept plan, and a detailed design would be developed after the full council approved the project.

Martinborough resident and leader of the project Charlotte Harding said the designer would visit the site at the start of July to determine usability requirements so the track would be suitable for a range of ages and skill levels.

Council budgets would not fund the project’s construction, but the community group would be eligible for council grants.

Upon completion, it would be a council asset and would require an increase in the council’s operational budget of $5000 to maintain it.

The community group would fund the development of a metalled car park, while the council would allocate money within future budgets for a toilet to serve all park users. — NZLDR

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