From basketball to pump track

Area for recreational athletes: This is what a so-called pump track could look like. Photo: F.Rieger

Beilngries – traffic training site. basketball court. skater place. pump track. And possibly also a course for marksmen. What sounds like an “old man” may become a reality with the development of the new Volksfestplatz area in Beilngries. On Wednesday night, the city council presented the plans for the entire sub-area of ​​the area, which had previously been announced in general as a “multifunctional area for leisure and sports”.

Three parts with different grades

Specifically, this concerns the part of the area to be planned that is approximately at the height of the sandbox kindergarten. It is assumed that a new traffic training area will be built here, primarily for primary school children. The previously used area, together with the current exhibition area, will give way to residential development (we reported). Originally, it was really only planned to make an area for skaters next to the new traffic training area, whose domicile, as you know, was dissolved for the construction of the sandbox. City Council Youth and Sports Officer Fabian Strobl (CSU) spoke months ago in committee urging not just to let a big opportunity pass. The area provides space to create more for young people and sports enthusiasts than “just” a skate park. In collaboration with the city administration, Strobl then pressed on with this request – with a draft plan prepared by an engineering office as a result, which received appreciative words in the committee on Wednesday night. Specifically, it is planned that a section (24 by 14 meters) of the traffic training area (48 by 24 meters) can be used as an area for basketball / streetball. An area of ​​38 by 20 meters must be paved for the skaters. Most of the units already owned by the city are to be set up there, and a budget of 20,000 euros has been set aside for further purchases. An area for stick shooters could also be demarcated on this asphalt pavement, said city builder Thomas Seitz when asked by Strobl.

An area of ​​1,500 square meters is planned for the pump track – to put it simply, a circuit with ups and downs that you can ride on with various equipment, such as a BMX bike.

So far so attractive. In a city whose debt level is at a record high, the question inevitably arises: How much does such a thing cost? And by extension: How much should such a thing cost? First the raw figures (each including associated construction costs): traffic training area just under 165,000 euros, no financing; Basketball court just over 86,000 euros, hope for Leader funding equivalent to 60 percent of net costs; Skaterplatz about 176,000 euros, funding of about 90 percent thanks to previous application; Pump track around 220,000 euros, hoping for Leader funding of 60 percent of net costs. In total, the cost is expected to be almost 650,000 euros and the city must contribute just over 341,000 euros.

Discussion on economic feasibility

Like Stefanie Schmidtner (CSU) and Mayor Helmut Schloderer (BL / FW), Bernhard Merkl (BL / FW) also praised the commitment Strobl brought to this project, and he also talked about a plan that looks good. But he had to “put the brakes on the euphoria at the right time,” Merkl said. During the budget process, several projects were “almost reluctantly dug in”. It is certainly a wrong signal, especially to the citizens of the districts, to wave such an initiative through here – if not at least divided into several construction phases. Schloderer tried to capture the well-known neighborhood debate directly by pointing out that the traffic training area and leisure facilities serve the citizens, especially young people, from the whole community. And Strobl showed that he had already developed and in part developed several ideas with which the city’s share of the costs could be significantly reduced. So the chance of a name assignment is not bad, he would also like to apply to foundations and a crowdfunding project is also conceivable. One can very realistically assume that the approximately 180,000 euros for the leisure activities – the city will still build the traffic training area – will not leave too much to the municipality. And against that background, it would be “a slap in the face for the youth” not to seize this opportunity here, Strobl says.

The board followed suit. The draft planning was approved and the corresponding grant applications can now be submitted on this basis.

During Question Time, one of the listeners wanted to know if there will be two skate parks in the future. The area by Kanalhafen was laid out as a small preliminary solution for the transition, Schloderer replied – with the possibility of keeping it permanent if there was heavy traffic. However, given its dimensions, it is probably not enough on its own.


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