Green light for Grey Lynn pump track

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - CA­TRIN OWEN

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.

CA­TRIN OWEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Paul Wacker says its a re­lief that the pump track will go ahead af­ter years of hard work.

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