We have a winner: Keith residents settle on design for new pump track

WINNER: Concept design one received 56 per cent of votes, and will now likely be constructed by TrailScapes before Christmas.
WINNER: Concept design one received 56 per cent of votes, and will now likely be constructed by TrailScapes before Christmas.

With school holidays just around the corner, children from Keith might have another way to keep busy and have fun over summer.

After plenty of consultation with the Keith community, residents have settled on a design for a new asphalt pump track that will be constructed at Lions Park.

A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed to be ridden completely by bike riders and other equipment.

The project came about after Tatiara District Council experienced complications with its 'Keith Railway Yard RV parking project'.

Council then made an application to the Department of Planning, Training and Infrastructure to use the parking project's grant funds to construct two pump tracks in Keith and Bordertown.

After deciding to construct the Keith track first, council engaged with TrailScapes to design, consult and construct the asphalt pump track.

TrailScapes then developed two concept designs and consulted with the public, seeking feedback on their preferred design.

Concept design one featured two small tracks that connect in the middle. It has approximately 192m2 of asphalt, five berms, medium and large rollers, as well as a double.

"This option has good separation but still allows riders to connect both tracks," director of infrastructure and operations Aaron Hillier said.

"It is more of a skate park style with short, sessionable and connectable features."

Mr Hillier said concept design two featured endless options with two long straights as well as mirrored tracks that would allow kids to race their friends.

Featuring approximately 200m2 of asphalt, six berms, medium and large rollers, he said the second design would be "fast and fun".

UNLUCKY: Concept design two received around 44 per cent of survey votes, and will unfortunately not be constructed.

UNLUCKY: Concept design two received around 44 per cent of survey votes, and will unfortunately not be constructed.

To reach as many people as possible, an online survey was created and shared by various people and groups, including council's social media sites, from October 20 to November 4.

Students from Keith Area School were also informed about the survey.

A total of 62 responses were collected, with just over 56 per cent of residents in favour of concept design one.

During a meeting held in November, council endorsed the construction of concept design one, and advised TrailScapes to proceed with the construction.

Council CEO Anne Champness said the pump track is likely to be completed before Christmas, which is a great result for the town.

She also mentioned that no date has been set on the Bordertown pump track, with council wanting to see how the Keith track turns out before starting to the second project.