Bike park set to be hub for youth

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Locals planning outdoor pursuits after Covid-19 restrictions have something to look forward to in Hawea.
Bike Wanaka has released plans for a new bike park on the corner of Domain Rd and Noema Tce, and work to construct the park will be able to start when the country reaches Alert Level 2.

Secretary Jo Goodwin said it had taken about a year to complete arrangements for the land owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, but they were now looking forward to creating a hub for Hawea community youth.

The plans include a redeveloped pump track, a jump line where children can learn and progress, a bigger jump line for more confident riders, a grade three gravity track with berms, pumps and bumps, and an area to develop handling skills.
The park also includes a flow trail through trees that emerges on a point where riders can look out over Lake Hawea.
‘‘The park aligns with QLDC’s 10-year vision of creating vibrant communities and we envisage the Hawea Bike Park to be a hub for the children and youth of the Hawea community
— a place to meet and connect with friends and a place to be physically active and develop lifelong biking skills,’’ she said.

Wanaka contractor Dirt Dynamics has been engaged to develop the site as soon as the country moves to Alert Level 2.
It is planned to have the park open for riding by August 2020.
The club was underwriting construction costs at present but were seeking funds to help with build and maintenance costs.
‘‘We are hoping to set up a friends of Hawea Bike Park group, because it is going to need ongoing maintenance.’’