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Time to get pumped up for summer

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Youngsters are going to love the new pump track that will be on Flaxmere Park for three months from mid-December, ready for bikes, scooters, skateboards and roller blades.

Over 12 months, the 65-metre long moveable fibreglass track will be first in Flaxmere until about mid-March, after which it will be shifted to a Hastings site, then a Havelock North park, with a fourth location to be decided.

Supported by Sport Hawke’s Bay and funded through Sport New Zealand’s Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa fund, the track is supplied by Parklife New Zealand, which is on a mission to encourage communities to be “fit and social”. The track is designed to last a minimum of 10 years, which means there will be plenty of time to give all Hastings communities a turn.

Scootering and cycling are in the top 10 most popular activities for youth, but a lack of safe off-street facilities can limit participation.

“It will be great to see our kids getting out there and active on the pump track, having fun and hanging out with their mates,” said Hastings District councillor (Flaxmere) Peleti Oli.

“Because it will be near the Flaxmere Park playground - where the skate plaza is going to be built - it adds another element to a whānau day at the park.”

Sites for the pump track are being co-ordinated to tie in with Council’s iWay’s Active Travel programme, which delivers cycling and scooter safety skills in primary schools. The track can potentially be used for elements of the programme during school hours.

Also being investigated are ‘pop up’ sessions when scooters can be made available to use on the day for those without any wheels.

1 December 2021

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