Keep off the BMX track for at least another week, or risk seriously damaging the newly formed jumps, project co-ordinator Nathan Greenwood says.
Publicity in The Herald regarding the repairs and upgrades being made to the Centennial Park track in Timaru, has led to people turning up to use the track before work has been finished.
Michael Parsons, who helped build the track, said about 30 people had come looking to use the track on Thursday, only to find repairs were ongoing.
Parsons said the wet weather on Wednesday night had "set [them] back by about a week".
Greenwood said rain had softened up the dirt that the track is made out of.
"If it doesn't have time to bind up and people start waking and riding on it, this will damage it."
Greenwood said the track's drainage and surface could be damaged if people rode on it before it was hard enough.
He said it "would be a shame to have it looking this good" then for it to be damaged, because people couldn't wait a few more days".
He said the track should be hard enough by the middle of next week, but it would depend on how cooperative the weather was.
Parsons said a chain was being erected at the entrance to the track yesterday.
"If the chain's up, the jumps aren't to be used. If it's down, they're OK to be used."
He also asked that riders respect the track, especially if it had been raining.
"Don't come and undo all the good that has taken place".
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