We are pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the Pump Track at Acklings is completed. Catherine Harrison and Cllr Steve Brown were the brains behind the scheme and project managed the build, securing backing from the Parish Council and finding a local builder, Will Brown, who had the experience in building these sorts of tracks to oversee the design and build.
Emma Newman, who joined the project team to help with the fundraising and volunteering, said: “Thanks to the hard work of an amazing team of volunteers, fuelled by wonderful bakes and treats provided by the village and supported by a team of first aiders, which fortunately we did not need to call on, the Pump Track is built.”
“It‘s not quite ready for use yet as it needs another week to settle, so we need everyone to be patient until next weekend. As soon as it’s ready, we’ll take down the orange fencing and let everyone know. Phase 1 will be a “soft” opening to settle in the new surface which will take a few weeks. It may then need a top up of the special gravel for Phase 2 which will ensure greater longevity of the track.
“Thank you to everybody who has helped to bring this project to fruition. It’s been another fantastic example of village generosity, community spirit and kindness. And the pump track team were especially impressed with the young volunteers – Lewis, Ollie, Ben, Galvin and Connor – who helped with the design and the shovelling, testing the track out and scattering the grass seed.”
“There will be further opportunities to get involved in Phase 2, maintenance and other plans for the site. We also hope to hold a celebratory event later in the Summer to which everyone will be invited, when we can show off the team’s efforts.”