The new Mataura Pump Track has received a big thumbs up from people attending its opening on Saturday.
The track is stage 1 of the Tulloch Park redevelopment and was officially opened by Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks.
Mataura District Marae committee chairman Terry Pohatu welcomed everyone to the opening.
Invited guests included pump track enthusiast Levi Goodall, of Invercargill, who did several exhibition loops of the track to show people how the track could be ridden, and NZ First List MP Mark Patterson.
Mr Goodall has competed in dirt jumping events and ridden on tracks overseas.
He said the track was on par with some of the best tracks in the world.
“This track here, honestly, without lying, is pretty damn good.
“It’s pretty cool to have in the middle of Southland,” Mr Goodall said.
Longford Intermediate pupil Tayla Glover (11) rode her scooter around the track.
She was impressed by it.
“I’ve been to a lot of pump tracks – this one’s probably the best,” Tayla said.
The track had some good features, including three levels to cater for different riding abilities.
“There’s some clear arrows so nobody’s going to crash into each other.”
Cyclist Amarissa Kotze (9) enjoyed her turn on the track.
“I love it .
“With all the bumps and all the places you can go really fast.”
Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor said he remembered walking to school across the park with former Gore mayor Ian Tulloch.
“Never did we envisage there’d be something like this in the future, and so, really, when it comes to recreational facilities we are only limited by our imagination,” Mr Taylor said.
Mr Hicks said he believed it was not only Mataura and Gore district people who would benefit from the pump track.
“From what I understand, this facility we’ve got here now is the one of the best in the South Island, if not the best.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of people attracted to Mataura because of this,” Mr Hicks said.