Plans for the Martensville Pump Track are moving along, with the design phase now completed and now moving into the construction phase.
The construction of the pump track was part of the 2020 Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP) provided by the Government of Saskatchewan. Martensville received per capita funding and chose to allocate that funding to several projects within the community, with $250,000 planned for the construction of the pump track.
Plans then began to move quickly for the pump track, with a public engagement opportunity taking place earlier this year. From there, Canadian Ramp Company presented a design to the Pump Track Committee which consists of a 149 metre (488 feet) pump track designed for all levels of users. The pump track will be integrated with the Kyle Syrenne Skatepark in Kinsmen Park.
“At the request of the committee, Canadian Ramp Company presented two scenarios, one being the pumptrack with regular landscaping, and one with artificial turf option that will go inside and around the pump track,” Director of Recreation and Community Services, Ted Schaeffer said during the April 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting. It was also noted that the artificial turf would improve drainage and significantly reduce the amount of maintenance required; however, it would add additional cost to the project, which would now cost just short of $299,000, requiring an additional $49,000.
Schaeffer noted that the additional funding would likely come out of the allocated funding that was planned for the Martensville campground.