Green light for Grey Lynn pump track
An Auckland community which was galvanised by a campaign to get kids on their bikes has had a big win.
The Auckland Council has just granted resource consent for a Grey Lynn pump track, which has been a community led project in the works since 2015.
A pump track is a bicycle track that can be ridden without pedalling and include twists, turns and jumps.
The all-weather asphalt track will be created in the north-end of Grey Lynn Park that can be used by BMX bikes, mountain bikes, skateboards and scooters.
Paul Wacker, who led the project alongside Scott Kugler, said construction was scheduled to start in late February and was expected to be finished by April.
‘‘What a relief after two years of hard work, I can’t actually quite believe the build stage is finally here,’’ Wacker said.
Wacker alongside a group of Grey Lynn residents started a petition for the track in July 2015 and it continued to gain momentum.
In November 2015, the Waitemata Local Board voted unanimously to support the project and have allocated up to 20 per cent of the cost under the Auckland Council’s community led small build programme.
Waitemata Local Board member Rob Thomas has been supportive of the track since the beginning.
‘‘The project delivers a new play space within the Grey Lynn master plan and will become a cornerstone activity along the Grey Lynn walking and cycling greenway.’’
It has been a labour of love for the Grey Lynn community, with donations coming from local residents, school children, and businesses to make the project a reality.
Nicola Legat, chairwoman of the Grey Lynn Resident’s Association initially rose concerns over the location of the pump track in the park, however was supportive of the community project.
‘‘We were concerned initially that it would take up too much of the free space as most of the park is sports fields,’’ she said.
Wacker said the track would include about 200 metres of track.
Sport Auckland donated $5000 to the group and have committed to provide bike riding training for school children once the track is complete.
The total cost of the pump track sits at about $150,000.
Paul Wacker says its a relief that the pump track will go ahead after years of hard work.