New jumps track a winner at Gracelands
Published: 23 Oct 2020 9:18am
Kids in Wagga Wagga’s Gracelands neighbourhood are loving their new bike track.
The track has been fully tested by local thrillseekers who have put their bikes across all the jumps in all types of weather in recent weeks.
Wagga Wagga City Council Parks and Recreation Assets Officer Rob Owers said the jumps had held up extremely well in the recent wet weather.
“It is the first bike jump track in Wagga with a stabilised granite finish. It held up awesomely after the heavy rain and remained really firm,” Mr Owers said.
“The kids were out in the heavy rain and gave it a real work out. And all reports back to us is that the line of tabletop jumps is one of the best in Wagga, so that’s a great result.”
The completion of the Gracelands track followed the recent opening of a similar facility at Gobbagombalin.
Whilst the Gobba track is part of a broader recreational plan for parkland in that suburb, the potential for the Gracelands track was brought to Council’s attention by local school student Tom Hosie.
“Tom wrote Council a letter and flagged the idea with us,” Mr Owers said.
“After some early assessment of the site, and then consulting with the community, Council progressed the idea to bring it to reality.
“The result we have today is a fantastic facility for the local kids of all ages to get along to the park and enjoy a great activity.”
The Gracelands track is located close to the Kooringal Link of the Active Travel shared pathway – a project which will a 45km network of dedicated cycle and pedestrian paths criss-cross the city and provide residents with a safe, alternative transport option for commuting.
FAST FACTS – GRACELANDS JUMP TRACK
- 100 tonne of clay loam subbase capped with 100 tonne stabilised granite
- Stabilised granite: 7mm crushed granite rock with 5% cement mixed into it. It is similar material to the paths at Wagga Beach.
- Plant used: Bobcat 38 hours, mini excavator 15, 10-tonne truck 13, plate compactor 40, water cart 24, 1.5-tonne roller 40.
- Other materials: 50m3 bark chip, 7 advanced trees 3m high, 2 wheelie bins, 15 landscape rocks weighing 500kg each.
- Length 200m: Cost $18K.