Work starts on Foxton Beach pump track
Published on 16 January 2018
Cyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders will soon be able to enjoy one of the largest asphaltic-surfaced pump tracks in the country at Holben Reserve, Foxton Beach.
A pump track is a circuit containing berms and ‘rollers’ (mounds) that riders can use, instead of pedalling, to gain and keep momentum.
“A pump track emerged as the top priority for the public following consultation on the Foxton Beach Reserves Investment Plan. It will be a great resource for families and visitors to Foxton Beach that will complement the facilities already available at Holben Reserve,” said Zane Bull, Parks and Property Project Lead.
Work on the track started on Monday 15 January and construction is expected to take eight weeks. When complete, the facility will measure 50 metres squared, making it first-equal with the Grey Lynn pump track in Auckland as the largest in New Zealand.
“The design incorporates track circuits for all ages and abilities, including a track for children aged two to four years and loops for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. People can progress from the easy loop to the more difficult ones as they develop their skills,” said Mr Bull.
“There will also be a drinking fountain, a viewing area with seating, and directional arrows to prevent collisions.”
The tracks will be asphalted to accommodate skateboarders and scooters, as well as bikes. Astroturf will be laid between tracks to keep them largely free of mud and dirt.
The project is being funded out of the $1 million Council set aside from the Foxton Beach Endowment Fund with the agreement of the Foxton Community Board for reserve development. It is expected to cost approximately $340,000.