Modular pump track planned for Apex Adventure Island
Published on 14 March 2018
Works to develop a modular pump track on Apex Adventure Island will commence later this month. The track will be funded and constructed by the Horsham Apex Club.
A pump track is a BMX circuit of banked turns and humps where riders create momentum through up-and-down body movements.
The 83-metre plywood system is suitable for bikes, scooters and trikes and will cater to a variety of rider skill levels, including primary school aged children.
Technical Services Director John Martin said that construction of the track and associated works are included in Council’s 2017-2018 Capital Works Plan.
“These works are the first stage of an upgrade to Apex Adventure Island and we thank Horsham Apex Club for their support. The project will include access paths, seating, shade and an activity area on the eastern end of the island. The modular pump track will provide a unique and fun source of activity for families. Young riders on small bikes and scooters will love the pump track,” he said.
Horsham Apex Club’s publicity officer Philipp Missbach said that they were delighted to be involved in this important project. “These works will enhance existing facilities on Apex Adventure Island, providing the perfect playground space for people of all ages in the natural surrounds of the Wimmera River. The pump track will encourage people to get outside, be active and have fun, providing health and wellbeing benefits for our community. Our club has been working hard the last years to make this happen and this is our largest investment into a community project in recent years,” he said.
Mr Martin said that yellow marker poles and white paint marks on trees have been placed on the island by surveyors as part of a contour and feature survey in preparation for longer term works.
“People should also note that the proposed development is planned around existing trees and additional trees and landscaping is also planned within the area. Every effort will be made to minimise interruption to pedestrians, cyclists and other users in the area during these works. We will ensure that appropriate signage is in place and we thank people for their patience and understanding during this time,” he said.
The Apex Adventure Island upgrade is a joint partnership between Horsham Rural City Council and the Horsham Apex Club. It is supported by others agencies including Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, Wimmera River Improvement Committee and Barengi Gadjin Land Council.
More details on the modular pump track can be found here.
For further information about the project, people are encouraged to contact Mandy Kirsopp, Recreation and Natural Resource Planner on 5382 9787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.