Bracebridge’s new pump track will be located on a 9.4 acre parcel of parkland located between Little Ryan’s Way, Douglas Drive and the CN Rail Line.
During last week’s general committee meeting, councillors agreed unanimously to the location.
Pump tracks are both playgrounds and riding facilities for bikers, skateboarders or scooter riders of all skill levels. A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed for riders so they can use their momentum, created from their arms and legs, to pump their bikes, boards and scooters around the track.
A total of 10 Bracebridge locations were considered as potential sites for a pump track. The pump track working group, composed of staff and community volunteers, completed an evaluation on each site.
There was some concern over the location of the track within the property, as Coun. Don Smith said locating the track closer to the road might provide additional “passive supervision” by cars and pedestrians passing by.
Staff said the proposed location within the site was only preliminary, but there are some restrictions due to the geography of the property.
The pump track was not originally slated to go forward in 2022 but on February 23 council ratified a motion to defer the allocation of $60,000 for the Entrance Drive and Cedar Lane Traffic Island Beautification Project. They replaced the project with an allocation of
$53,000 for the pump track engineering and environmental components. Construction of the pump track is to be considered as part of the 2023 Long Term Capital Plan at an estimated cost of $477,000.
Don’t miss out on Doppler!
Sign up here to receive our email digest with links to our most recent stories.
Local news in your inbox three times per week!