Portland pumped for outdoor project

The Portland Foreshore is set to add another attraction to its already growing list, with works under way on a new pump track.  

Construction on a new pre-cast concrete track started last week, with local contractors GR Carr preparing the site for the imminent delivery of the track.  

The council-led project has been realised through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and aims to enhance the suite of offerings of the foreshore precinct.  

Glenelg Shire Mayor Anita Rank said the track would be ideally positioned for locals and visitors alike.  

“We currently have pump tracks in Casterton at Island Park and in Heywood at the Heywood Skate Park and we are excited to soon unveil our third track located in Portland at the popular Foreshore precinct,” she said. 

“It will be located adjacent to the Pulambeet All Abilities Play Space and Youth Activity and Skate Space and will add another unique element to the hub of play and skate activities in one central location.

“We chose the foreshore location to provide yet another drawcard to the suite of offerings the precinct provides for local and visitors alike. 

“The best part is the track will cater for all ages and skill levels – from three-year-olds on balance bikes, to youth and even adults – ensuring all sections of the community can enjoy the benefits of this new offering.” 

Mayor Rank said council was supportive of investigating larger, competition style options. 

“Due to funding limitations, this pump track will not be a competition level style asphalt pump track.

“But we would love to see a larger track installed in the shire, particularly at a location more suitable to accommodate this,” she said. 

“We will continue to explore and investigate relevant funding options to help bring that vision to life. 

“In the meantime, this track at the foreshore will be made of pre-cast concrete, with concrete infill in parts of the track centre.

“This means each track across the shire will now offer their own unique experience – with a modular track at Heywood and the asphalt track at Casterton. 

“The pre-cast track has also been selected specifically in consultation with council’s arborist and means no vegetation will be disturbed or removed.

“We look forward to seeing works continue on this exciting project and the many benefits it will bring for our region.” 

During the installation of the pump track only the immediate area will be fenced and inaccessible, however some barbecues may be unavailable. 

Works are expected to be completed by the end of June 2022, weather dependant.

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