26 May 2020

A 12-year-old boy’s persistence has paid off with the first use of the new modular pump track in Shirley Community Reserve.

The installation of the temporary track follows a petition – led by intermediate pupil Shannon – to the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board Community Board, calling for the creation of a skate, scooter and bike area.

His determination has resulted in the opening of the pump track this week, and Shannon and his family have been the first to wheel into action.

The 48-metre relocatable track – created from 11 modules – features bumps and bends suitable for primary and intermediate age bikers, skateboarders, scooter riders and roller skaters.

Board Chairperson Emma Norrish says the new pump track provides an active outdoor option for youngsters and helps revitalise the reserve.

“Shannon spoke to our Board, outlining the importance of a pump track to the local area,” Ms Norrish says.

“He pointed out that young people needed a place to skate, scoot and bike, and that the nearest skate park was ‘ages away’.

“We are thrilled that it has all come together and that we now have a special place for younger family members  and that Shannon is the first to line up.

“Local support had helped power the project, with consultation on the pump track attracting a very positive response.”

The relocatable modular track also keeps options open for any future use of the reserve space.

Along with the track, a multi-purpose concrete table and seating is to be installed nearby.