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Former MX track becomes dog park

Two years after the Cambridge Motorcycle Club's MX track ran its final meeting, the site is officially becoming one of a number of new dog parks created by the Waipā District Council.

After public consultation as part of a policy review into dogs in the area, the Waipā District Council has named the site of the Cambridge Motorcycle Club's Rowling Place motocross track as an off-leash dog park. Previously dogs were allowed on the site on leash only.

The Cambridge Motorcycle Club held its last meeting at the track in November of 2021 after a tumultuous few years which included the death of a spectator at the track in May 2016.

The news of the site's new official purpose comes with mixed emotions for us here at OnThrottle. We live locally, and as dog owners the added space to walk our moto-dog, but we also own small humans who we'd love to have easy access to a track locally to learn to ride.

The sound of bikes ripping up the track while we tooled around in the garden is also oddly missed.

Sadly, MX tracks the world over are under threat from housing developments, and the fate of the Cambridge site is far from a unique outcome.


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