Location Sought In Tralee Area For ‘Pump Track’

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NO location has yet been identified for a ‘Pump Track’ pedal bike facility in Tralee, but initial discussions have taken place with a promoter.

A Pump Track is a continuous loop of dirt berms and “rollers” (smooth dirt mounds) that you ride without pedalling. The name “pump track” comes from the pumping motion used by the rider’s upper and lower body as they ride around the track.

Cllr Norma Foley had a motion before Tralee Municipal District of Kerry County Council on Monday, that Tralee progress its plans to put a Pump Track cycling facility in place as per the development plan.

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She said Pump Tracks provide a highly attractive location for adults and children of any ability level and age to enjoy an innovative, healthy and active outdoor experience.

Cllr Foley suggested the Wetlands would be an ideal location, as not much land is required for the track and it would add another amenity to the area, to link with the Aqua Dome, Wetlands and potentially the redevelopment of the steam train railway and windmill.

In reply, the Council said initial meetings have taken place between a promoter of a pump track and these discussions have focussed on the possibility of identifying a site close to the town centre that would be suitable for such a facility.

To date a suitable location has not been identified, but the Council said they will continue to investigate the proposal and revert to the Council later in the year.

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