In January, we started working on the knightswood track. The first time the track was measured, it was 422m, so the inside lane had to be reduced by over 20m. As well as the reduction of the overal size, several ponding areas required additional drainage. In May, 300 local primary school children helped build a cairn to celebrate that the track was back to a usable state. Let’s continue this celebration by having more events and projects going on this formerly disused asset.
The photos above illustrate the manual way of clearing the inside lane. This shows that the truf was cut into one foot squares and lifted into piles. On the front straight, some of the outside lane was also removed, but additional work is required. The work was taken during the sun, rain and snow.
The parks department helped by moving the spoil into a large mound at the top track. It was estimated that there was about 300 tones of spoil that needed to be removed from the asset by the council.
There was significant pools of water on the resource. This was changed by installing swells and drainage channels. Now the will be small puddles of water (under an inch) that occurs during periods of heavy rains but with the drains installed, there the water does drain.
It took several months to slowly level the asset. This was done by using a levelling garden lute. The lute was particularly useful for removing the small stones and levelling the additional red ash supplied by the council.
Upon completion, 300 local primary school students painting a small cairn for the park. This is to be an inspiration to help get the track used.
It is hoped that the track will be widely used. Schools and community groups should be able to create projects on the track. Ideally, this will involved other areas by having small track competitions, 24 hour relays and other fun community events. This is an excellent example of co production and we hope to build on our great relationship with the council.