Waitākere Ranges Local Board has agreed to the purchase of a relocatable pump track to be used at Sunvue Park in Glen Eden and Les Waygood Park in Piha.
The use of the track is part of a test to gauge community needs in the two areas and will be installed in Sunvue first with the Piha track to follow. The board allocated $94,000 for the project.
Commonly used by bikers, skaters and scooters, the track will provide an immediate and cost-effective way to provide activities for the youth in the areas and test levels of use and location before a decision is made on permanent installation.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board Chair Greg Presland says that he expects the track to be well utilised.
“I’m pleased that we can provide this for our community, as we have had feedback from several community groups in Piha and Glen Eden requesting pump tracks, so there is clearly a demand there.
“This type of relocatable pump track has performed well in New Zealand and overseas, so I am confident it will perform well here too.
“We know that there is a gap of facilities of this type within the ranges, so it seemed like a very straightforward thing to do, especially as the summer months arrive.
“We will also use the opportunity to test the levels of participation and community needs in both areas, and the real benefit of the track is that it is relocatable, so if it is underutilised or not wanted we can remove it.”
It is hoped that the track can be installed by February.