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Skills Training Area at Vogelmorn Bike Track

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Help us turn the Vogelmorn Bike track into a next level community facility by funding the addition of a skills training area & pump track!

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We have recently raised funds to lay an asphalt cycling track around Vogelmorn Park in Brooklyn. The track is scheduled to be completed by early March. This community initiative has been organised by parents from Ridgway and Brooklyn schools and members of the Kaka Project, in conjunction with Ridgway School.

We now want to enhance this community facility by adding a cycling skills training area and a pump track, which is why we need your help!

Skills Track: A skills track takes the rider over a series of obstacles (e.g. see-saw, balance beam, slalom). It is often the most challenging track as it requires the rider to concentrate and ride very slowly. It is particularly good for improving hand-eye coordination.

Pump track: This is very similar to a small BMX track. The track is made mainly from dirt. The children do not pedal but actually “pump” their bikes up and down the slopes to get around the track. It is similar to the movement used to operate a child’s swing. This track is usually the most popular with children as for many it is the most fun.

Our aim is to create a fantastic resource that can be used by the whole community. We see this project as especially important due to the challenging terrain in and around Brooklyn. The bike track, skills area and pump track will provide a safe and accessible environment for children to have fun and develop their skills.

Please help us to make this idea for a fantastic community facility into a reality!

About us

Members of the community have been working with Ridgway School to implement the Bikes In Schools programme in early 2018. Our objective is to enable as many children as possible in our wider Brooklyn community to ride a bike on a regular basis in a safe and fun environment. Vogelmorn Bike Track will provide a fantastic biking facility that can be used in and out of school hours by all children in our community.

Use of funds

The funds raised will be managed by the Ridgway School Board of Trustees. Funds will firstly go towards building a cycling skills training area at Vogelmorn Park. If we reach our goal we will also be able to build a pump track. If we exceed our target we will use the funds towards maintenance of the facilities over the next few years.

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Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track - Phase one complete!  22 March 2018

The bike track has a new name - the Tawatawa-Vogelmorn Bike Track! Local Iwi have offered Tawatawa to reflect the history of the site. Tawatawa is the name of the ridge which extends from Brooklyn to Island Bay.

Work on the asphalt track is now complete! Judging by the number of families there last weekend and the number of bikes and scooters at school this week the track is getting great use already!

We’re working hard fundraising towards phase two, the skills and pump track. THANK YOU to those who have contributed to our Givealittle page or one of our other fundraising efforts!

You can help further by spreading the word on the following:

· Share the link to our Givealittle fundraising page with your networks and encourage them to make a contribution.

· Buy a slice of cake from the kids’ cake baking competition at Saturday’s Brooklyn Community Market 2-5pm – all proceeds will go towards the bike track. You can also visit our display stand to see what the skills and pump tracks will look like.

· Come along to our special screening of family movie Early Man on Wednesday 4 April at the Empire Cinema in Island Bay. Book your tickets via this google doc

· Lastly, get in quick to buy a ticket in our fantastic bike raffle which we’ll be drawing next week. Tickets are on sale after school (this is the last week) as well as at the Brooklyn Community Market on Saturday afternoon.

And if you’re keen to take an e-bike for a spin on the track, head along to Vogelmorn Bowling Club 4-5.30pm before this Sunday’s Community Dinner (25th March). You’ll be able to find out more about the project and fundraising opportunities while you’re there. Email if you’re planning to stay for dinner as numbers are limited.

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    Steve and Louise Bacharach on 03 May 2018



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    Barris whanau on 25 Mar 2018



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