Community set to be strengthened by new pump track in West Arthur

Campbell WilliamsonNarrogin Observer
Drone photo of the area prior to construction.
Camera IconDrone photo of the area prior to construction. Credit: Picture: Caroline Telfer

Ground has been broken on the West Arthur pump track, with the new project expected to support wellness and youth, and to boost the local economy.

Pump tracks are designed to maximise momentum and enable users to ride with minimal pedalling, and have become more popular in recent years.

The new track at Darkan Skate Park is envisaged to help strengthen the community by providing a place for children and adults to make connections and learn new skills.

Shire community services manager Kym Gibbs said the track would have low maintenance costs and could be used by everyone. “Our track will have an asphalt surface which will be very low-maintenance but also allows for all ages, abilities and uses, such as skateboards, BMX, mountain bikes, rollerblades and scooters,” she said.

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“Common Ground Trails were awarded the job and did some consultation with the Darkan Primary School children and local teenagers.

“It is part of an entire upgrade of the community space in the Darkan Railway Reserve.

“(This) will also include a new BBQ area and shelter, trampolines, nature play equipment and the installation of a blue netball tree in memory of a local teenager.”

It is expected to be finished in October.

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