Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Glenelg pumped for new track

Skaters, scooter and BMX riders will soon be able to put their skills to the test with construction set to begin on a new pump track at Casterton in Victoria’s Glenelg Shire.

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 Island Park precinct.

Construction on the new customised asphalt track will begin in mid-April and will offer a continuous loop of bumps and turns for bikes, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades when completed. 

Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank said the track would be ideally positioned for locals and visitors alike.

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

“It will be located adjacent to the soon to be built half basketball court at Island Park, creating a new dedicated ‘youth area’. However, the track will also be conveniently positioned opposite the Casterton Caravan Park, offering a new active experience for visitors.

“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 offering.

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

Mayor Rank said progress on pump tracks for neighbouring townships were also making great progress.

“The modular pump track at the Heywood Skate Park has already been installed and now the connecting pathways are now under construction. We anticipate that the track will be open to the public next month, which is very exciting,” she explained.

“Lastly, the pump track at the Portland Foreshore is currently in the design phase. Community members can visit the YourSay Glenelg website to see the proposed layout and concept plan for the track, and how it will fit with the entire Foreshore precinct.”

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