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Posted by Caleb Smith on Thursday April 22 2010

Wellington dirt jump builder and city council employee Thomas Hickey just fired me though this progress photo from the old Karori BMX track site in… well, Karori. The BMX track is gone and it’s being replaced by a full blown jump park. You can see the digger in the foreground placing some rough piles for the main jump sets, and you can see the beginnings of the first (there’s going to be more than one?) pump track in the back ground. Exciting stuff, this place is gonna be rad! I’ve just had a bit more of a chat with Tom and this is what he had to say; “The idea is to have at least one big straight set that can host pro level competition/jams, some mighty big hips ’cause they’re always fun, and some smaller sets so there is a graduated progression that people can work their way through. In amongst all that no doubt plenty of other crazy stuff will get built.

“The first pump track will be geared towards younger and less experienced riders as they are the main users of the old BMX track. I’m pretty keen to maintain an area where kids can get their first taste of fangin’ it on dirt. This should be complete in about two or three weeks, the rest of the jump park and advanced pump track will follow after this. Realistically we’re shooting for it to be completed by next summer.”

Hadley Boyce and Co are building it in conjunction with Wellington Mountain bike Club. Hadley will be down there every Saturday morning digging, so if you’re keen to spread that word the more the merrier!! Hadley is the trail boss so anyone keen to dig will NEED (read have) to introduce themselves to him and ask what needs to be done before they pick up a spade.

Hadley, Tom and some computer geek's impression of what the finished setup will look like, minus the pump tracks.

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  • Wade

    Whoop Whoop WHOOP!!!, how can I help out?

  • The beast of craggy island

    Sorry ignorant old me doesn’t even know where this is??? Help

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  • russell

    is there going to be a drop in ramp or do u just pin it into them?

  • Emma

    YUSS!!!! awesome!!!! Cannot wait, simply cannot wait haha

  • Kalypso

    I just noticed a poster for a big comp thats going to happen at this dirt park..

    sat 29 jan (2011).. warm up at 11am comp at 2pm.
    Ian Galloway Park Curtis street Karori

    Also noticed that there is still a digger over there trying to finish it up befor the week ends????!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing some stunts.. the jumps are HUGE

  • adam cooper

    hey guys the jumps look sick i went to go hit them the other day but noticed there was a chain bocking the run. also i found that the tables are mel – nourished. i met a guy down there and he said that is should smoothen it all out.

    • http://www.calebsmith.co.nz Caleb Smith

      If you want to ride the jumps hit up the council. At the moment only person who has a key is Hugh at Mud Cycles (he’s the one who was built them) and if hes working your not riding.

  • Leon Woods

    This park looks awesome. We here in Whakatane are putting a submission into council and our local Rotary club, so was wondering what size the area is and how council felt about gap jumps as opposed to tabletops etc. Any info to help with our submission would be much appreciated, like expected cost. Thanks

  • j gurr

    is this goin to happin any more???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000698437926 Sam Neilson Ü

    where is the park?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000698437926 Sam Neilson Ü

    are you guys still building cos im keen to ride or help?