Buller District Council

Pump track project kicking off

5th May, 2021

On Monday, Buller Cycling Club will start work on a new pump track at Victoria Square. The pump track that is funded by Buller District Council’s Community Led Revitalisation fund will be located next to the skate park at the northern end of the park.

The first stage of the project includes preparing the site for contractor VeloSolutions.  VeloSolutions is a world leader in pump track design and construction and will build the pump track later in the year.

Buller Cycling Club treasurer Glenn Irving says: “Residents will see club volunteers clearing the area of grass and removing some trees, installing drainage pipes, then filling the area up with gravel. This will lay the foundation for VeloSolutions to do their part in the next phase.”

The club aims to get this work completed before winter.

The pump track was first discussed at a community workshop in 2017 as part of drafting a plan for the Victoria Square Recreation Zone. During this workshop various ideas were put forward that complement the skatepark and playground.

Mr Irving says: “At the top of that list was a pump track. We attempted to secure funding for it, but it wasn’t until last year that we were successful in securing the $70,000 needed.”

The Buller Cycling Club has chosen VeloSolutions to construct the track because of its reputation and experience.

“Not all pump tracks are created equal, and we wanted to build something that was high quality, robust and able to serve our community well for many years to come.

These attributes usually come at a high cost if the project is just handed over to a construction company. the challenge was to find someone to partner with that was willing to involve the community to keep costs down.”

VeloSolutions recently developed a pump track for  Takaka Primary School which has provided inspiration and direction for Buller’s project.

“VeloSolutions quoted $200,000 if they were to come and build it themselves. We don’t have that sort of money, so our challenge was to reduce  costs as much as possible. We are well on the way to getting the budget down to an affordable figure without compromising on the design or quality.” Offers of accommodation, equipment, labour, and materials are already starting to come in.

“When the time comes to build the track, we want to make VeloSolutions experience a truly enjoyable one. We want to show them the incredible community spirit that has enabled our little club to achieve so much over the last few years.”

“One of the ways we would like to do that is to host them really well. We are looking to put together a food roster to keep the team going with homemade goodness when they are here. We will also need a small army of people to help with the installation of the asphalt layer that will ensure longevity for the track and a great riding surface for those that use it.”

The club plans to have VeloSolutions starting in December and the pump track open by early 2022.

“There is lots of work to be done but I am confident with the help of the community, council and VeloSolutions expertise we will make it happen.”

Photo: VeloSolutions design of the new pump track 

View the community led revitalization fund application here

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further information please contact:
Rachel Townrow
Rachel.Townrow@bdc.govt.nz

 

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