BMXers will fight to keep their jumps

04:08, Oct 24 2012
Ross Taylor, 16, and Henry Smitstra, 15, want to keep their BMX dirt jumps.
Ross Taylor, 16, and Henry Smitstra, 15, want to keep their BMX dirt jumps.

At the end of Pepper St, a group of Matamata teenagers have spent many hours creating BMX dirt jumps by digging tunnels out of a bare piece of land.

Local BMXer Ross Taylor stumbled upon the area and over many months, he and a few of his mates have used spades to dig out and construct what they believe to be the perfect BMX jumps.

The jumps are starting to get a bit of a reputation and BMXers from Auckland have visited the area.

"It's becoming a pretty popular place," he said.

But that could all be coming to an end if the Matamata-Piako District Council decides to take the jumps down.

"I started to come up with all these ideas for different jumps.

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"Now we have been told that the council want to take it down."

The Matamata Chronicle approached the council for comment but because of early deadlines due to Labour Weekend, the council was unable to respond.

According to Ross the jumps may be taken away because of safety issues.

Two people have been injured while using the jumps.

"It doesn't matter what sport you play, there is always going to be the possibility of getting hurt," Ross said.

"But if you look at the BMX track, there's been more injuries there and at the skate park. You ride at your own risk, if you don't want to do it, don't do it."

Ross said if the jumps are taken down, he and his mates will be going to the skate park.

He believes the BMX track at Swap Park was designed for racers.

"We aren't those kind of riders, that track is for BMX racers, we're dirt BMXers that do tricks over these jumps and ride skate parks.

"I've probably spent more time building it than I have riding it.

"This whole thing has cost nothing, apart from spades."

Ross is there every day after school until 5.20pm and every weekend from 10am till 5.20pm.

The owners of both houses near the track are supportive and let them use their spades and water.

"We want to talk to council and suss something out. We want our jumps to stay," he said.

"We aren't hurting anyone down here. We have spent nothing here and they want to tear this down?"

Matamata Chronicle