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MEDIA RELEASE - Pump track underway for Heywood

13 November 2020

Skaters, scooter and BMX riders will soon be able to put their skills to the test with a new modular pump track set to be constructed at the Heywood Skate Park.

The Council-led project has been realised through the Federal Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and aims to enhance the offerings of the popular Skate Park precinct.

The new customised modular track will be the first of its kind for the Glenelg Shire. It will replace the existing BMX track and offer a continuous loop of bumps and turns for bikes, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades.

The term ‘pump track’ comes from the continual ‘pumping’ when in use, with the unique design allowing riders to gain and maintain speed without pedalling.

Glenelg Shire Director Assets Edith Farrell said the project would “create a new drawcard” for Heywood.

“This new pump track will be a great recreational addition for the Heywood community in the heart of the township,” she said.

“The track will cater for all ages and skill levels - from three year olds on balance bikes, to youth and even adults – ensuring all sections of the community can enjoy the benefits of this new recreational offering.

“Complimenting the existing skate park and playground facilities, we hope that this new track will further help to position the Heywood Skate Park as a premier active recreation precinct in the Glenelg Shire and the south west region.”

Ms Farrell said the preparation work to install the track had already commenced.

“Works are underway to remove overgrown vegetation in the area to allow a greater vision for parents and families when supervising,” she said.

“Furthermore, following an arborist’s report a number of trees located on the BMX track have been deemed unsafe. Due to the likelihood of limbs falling and the potential risk to the community, these trees have been removed.

“Following these preparation works; the installation of the pump track is expected to be completed by early January.”

For more information, or for latest updates on the project, please visit the Community Infrastructure Projects page of the Your Say Glenelg website.

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