Coun­cil backs pump track for Port Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

COUN­CIL­LORS voted to ap­prove a $100,000 grant ap­pli­ca­tion to the Get Play­ing Places and Spa­ces Fund for the con­struc­tion of a pump track as part of a ‘Fam­ily Skills Park’ at the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex.

A pump track is a loop of mounds ideal for bike rid­ers to main­tain speed.

The pro­ject was orig­i­nally pro­posed by the Dou­glas Integrated Rid­ers and Trail-Builders (DIRT) Club, and was adopted by the coun­cil as a way to pro­vide more sports fa­cil­i­ties for both young peo­ple and adults in Port Dou­glas.

Two op­tions were con­sid­ered – the DIRT Club’s orig­i­nal pro­posal for a dirt track, and an as­phalt track.

In a re­port to coun­cil an as­phalt track was iden­ti­fied as cheaper to main­tain over many years de­spite cost­ing more ini­tially.

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