Since her start at Tapawera Area School in 2015 outdoor education teacher Krissy O’Donnell could visualize what an asset to the school a bike track would be so, on Friday, June 29, she was “delighted” by its official opening.
Initially Krissy sought a council grant and envisaged using the bike track for her mountain- biking unit, but was unsuccessful in securing the grant. “I let the idea sit for a couple of years, but at the end of last year I saw how popular biking was at school and how many students were bringing bikes to school.”
With renewed motivation Krissy set about contacting community members who had access to dirt, trucks and diggers.
David Bright found soil, Andrew Burnett spent hours sculpting the track from Krissy’s “rough sketch”, Gary Oldham helped design and print the sign, Willie Cameron provided timber for building features on the track and ‘Friends of the School’ raised money in the community to help cover signage costs.
The 300m of track has been designed to accommodate riders of all abilities with a few jumps and a pump track, and plans to create a picnic area where the track will meet with the Great Taste Cycle Trail in the next year.