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PUMPED UP: There wasn't much enthusiasm for outdoor table tennis but the council's suggestion of a pump track at Memorial Park proved popular on Thursday afternoon.
PUMPED UP: There wasn't much enthusiasm for outdoor table tennis but the council's suggestion of a pump track at Memorial Park proved popular on Thursday afternoon. Helen Spelitis

A PROPOSAL to create an outdoor table tennis set at Memorial Park is unlikely to go any further after the suggestion was met with the sound of crickets chirping this afternoon.

The small crowd gathered outside the Gladstone PCYC was, however, much more enthusiastic about plans to build a pump track next to the skate park.

And it wasn't just kids excited about the proposal either.

Gladstone BMX Club's vice president Chris Dunphy said the pump track --- an enclosed, circular track used by BMX and mountain bike riders --- would be the perfect training ground for his club's riders.

If the council goes ahead with the project it will cost up to $40,000 just for the designs, and at least $100,000 more to build the track.

"We either do it properly or we don't do it," council's parks and environment manager Tony Klein said.

The group was unanimous saying the track should be at Memorial Park, instead of Lions Park, with an asphalt surface and cater to all age groups and skill levels.

The meeting was the first round of consultation on the project and more ideas can be submitted via the council's 'haveyoursay' section on their website.

Topics:  gladstond region memorial park



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