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Parks, Sport & Recreation

Pumptracks bend to council needs

ParkLife is now this country’s exclusive dealer for a new concept in pump track design and construction. The modular Pumptrack system offers councils 13 pre-designed layouts or the option of a bespoke track design.

Built from composite components with a high level of UV resistance and weather proofing, Pumptrack’s “lock together” track components do not require extensive site preparation. This keeps area disturbance to a minimum and avoids the complexities and delays of design, resource and building consent applications.

The tracks cost around $1100 a linear meter.

ParkLife says that, in trying to cater to as many users as possible, designers would often find the approach angles and designs of traditional tracks almost impossible to accommodate the wide range of wheels that want to make use of such facilities.

“Ranging from scooters, skateboards to BMX bikes, concrete-based designs can risk turning out to be unsuitable for many once the cement has dried and the officials have cut the ribbon.”

Auckland Council’s Panuku division has been among the first in the country to place a Pumptrack. First installed on previously underused land in Henderson, the track has since been re-used in Auckland’s Viaduct and Silo Park, before going to Onehunga and then to Manukau.

This article was first published in the February 2019 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.

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