Nuriootpa pump tracks 'come and try' a success

Testing out the junior track is Barossa siblings Hope and Jedd Sharp with Kirsty Hage, Andrew Guerry, Bim Lange and Brooke Chinner.
Testing out the junior track is Barossa siblings Hope and Jedd Sharp with Kirsty Hage, Andrew Guerry, Bim Lange and Brooke Chinner.

Deputy mayor Bim Lange was the first to test out one of two new pump tracks at Nuriootpa Skate Park during the official ‘come and try’ on Friday afternoon ahead of a hoard of youngsters.

Mr Lange said the latest development is a direct result of feedback from Barossa Council’s wide consultation on skate parks.

“We asked for young people in particular what they would like to see, and this is the end result,” Mr Lange said.

“It’s great and really shows that we are happy to listen to feedback, take it on board and hopefully be in the position to deliver projects of this calibre.”

The pump tracks were further realised by the expertise and hard work of Andrew Guerry from Angaston.

The professional BMX rider says the pump tracks, one for older children the other for younger bike riders, have been designed and created to provide a smooth and challenging ride for all track users.

Thanks also goes to the council’s manager of community and culture Kirsty Hage and youth co-ordinator Brooke Chinner for their support.

Other improvements to the site include a water station to provide fresh drinking water and there are future plans for additional seating and shelter.

The development of the pump track in Nuriootpa is the first installment in council’s wider project to deliver additional skate park facilities across the region, as result of earlier community consultation.

In addition, council will soon engage with the Williamstown community about the development of a pump track in the town.