Sale pump track works

Work is underway to build a pump track in Sale, with construction expected to take eight weeks.

BMXers, skateboarders and scooter riders will soon be able to put their ability and skills to the test, with construction set to begin on a new pump track at Lions Park in Sale.

Specialist pump track builder Common Ground has broken ground and, if weather permits, construction is expected to take eight weeks.

The design, voted by the public from three options, combines speedy straights, a good combination of sweeping left and right turns, and the option to transfer between various lines around the track.

Wellington Shire mayor Garry Stephens said pump tracks had proven popular across the shire.

“I’m sure that local kids will love the Sale track too,” he said.

Pump tracks offer a safe place for children to skate, bike and scoot. No pedalling or pushing is required; instead a pumping action is used to maintain momentum over an asphalt loop of berms, rollers and bowls.

The all-weather pump track being built in Sale will cater for beginners and intermediate-level riders, scooters and skaters, but Common Ground has also provided a design for a potential expansion of the pump track that would challenge advanced users.

Landscaping and tree planting will also be undertaken by Common Ground and council will install seats and a rubbish bin.

The project was funded by the John Leslie Foundation, which provided $50,000, and council, which provided $100,000.

The pump track, tree planting and landscaping is the first of a multi-stage redevelopment of Lions Park, with more upgrades planned for coming years.

For more information about the Sale Pump Track, phone council’s open space planner on 1300 366 244 or email enquires@wellington.vic.gov.au.