Shirley Community Reserve temporary pump track

We're seeking your feedback on the plans for a modular pump track we want to install at Shirley Community Reserve.

Project status: Decision made
Open for feedback: 1 July 2019 to 29 July 2019

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28 May 2020 - Update 

We are happy to announce the pump track is now open and ready for use.

We celebrated the opening, with a small event where the 12-year boy who spearheaded the petition for the pump track was one of the first people to wheel into action and use the track.

Check out our newlines story for more details on the opening(external link)




2 March 2020 - Update 

Kids playing at a Burwood temporary pump track

Due to some challenges with global shipping at the moment, the arrival of the  pump track section has been delayed further. This has impacted the project timeline. At this stage we hope to have the pump track open mid-April 2020.

31 January 2020

Unfortunately, due to unexpected shipping delays the pump track should arrive in the country at the start of March. Early site works are expected to begin the last week of February and it should be ready for use by the end of March. The multi-use table is planned to go in at the same time.

19 October 2019 - Plans Approved

On Friday 13 September 2019, the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board approved the proposal to install a temporary pump track and multi-use table at Shirley Community Reserve.

You can view the meeting minutes, which include the formal resolutions online. (external link)

We are planning to have the pump track ready to use by the end January 2020. We also expect the multi-use table to be in place by this time.

Consultation has closed

Consultation on the Shirley Community Reserve temporary pump track has now closed and we received submissions from 71 groups and individuals. You can find more here:

All submissions received and staff responses [PDF, 744 KB]
Community views and preferences - Key topics raised [PDF, 615 KB]
The updated plans for approval [PDF, 823 KB]

A brief overview of the results:

Landscape plan:
• 60 (84%) submitters are in support of the plan
• 9 (13%) submitters do not support the plan
• 2 (3%) submitters did not indicate if they support the plan or not.

Table location:
• 43 (60%) submitters preferred the multi-use table to be at 'Location A'
• 12 (17%) submitters preferred the multi-use table to be at another location ('Other location')
• 10 (14%) submitters preferred the multi-use table to be at 'Location B'
• 6 (9%) submitters did not indicate a preference for the multi-use table's location.

What is this project and why are we doing it?

A young member of the community got in touch with us to see if we could build a skate, scooter and park in the Shirley area. 

In response to this request, we’re planning to install a temporary modular bike pump track at Shirley Community Reserve. This is an opportunity for young people to get involved in a project within their community.

By installing a temporary pump track, we can revitalise the reserve. This allows us to make use of the area by leaving the track on site for a number of years, while keeping options open for future uses of this space.

Downloadable plans [PDF, 647 KB]

Features of the proposal

Pump track

The pump track is suitable for bikes, skateboards, rollerskates and scooters. The 48 metre track could be easily moved in the future to other sites, as needed.

Multi-purpose concrete table and seating

The multi-purpose table includes two bench seats, allowing visitors to use it as a picnic table or for table tennis. People would need to supply their own bat and ball.

Modular  pump track

We welcome your feedback on

  • Whether you support the landscape plan
  • Where in the reserve you would like the multi-purpose concrete table

Information session

Come and talk to us about the proposal: 

Shirley Plunket Rooms, 166 North Parade, Shirley
Wednesday 10 July 2019, 4.30pm to 6.30pm 

How did we choose the site?

When choosing a site for the pump track we considered:

  • natural surveillance (how visible the site is to prevent antisocial behaviour)
  • distance to neighbours (noise)
  • zoning
  • proximity to other supporting activities (car park, shade etc)
  • the impact on other activities at the site.

Why Shirley Community Reserve?

  • The pump track would encourage community use of the site.
  • Good separation from neighbours for any noise concerns (more than 40 metres).
  • It is located near other compatible activities (playground, basketball court, play centre and the primary school across the road).

What other sites did we consider?

Three other sites in Shirley were considered:

  • Macfarlane Park - could not meet the minimum 40 metres separation from neighbours.
  • Mahars Playground - would take space used for other activities. Could only fit a smaller track to be far enough from neighbours.
  • Westminster Park - could not meet the minimum 40 metres distance from neighbours due to field layout. Limited tree shade.

What happens next?

Once consultation closes the Waipapa/Papanui-Innes Community Board will consider all feedback and listen to those who ask to speak at the meeting.

They will then decide whether to approve the plan. We will keep submitters up to date.


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