For the 2018 season, we’re planning on re-doing the track layout at Halifax R/C park in Beaver Bank. The winter has appeared to be good to us so we might get started with the project much earlier than before – sometime in April or May. It’s a simple plan: pull up the existing track layout, get some machinery in to grade and do the heavy lifting for any features (jumps, berms), lay the track back down, and then deal with any trouble-spots. (that’s not the end of the project as there’s always the ongoing maintenance throughout the season to deal with!)
Here’s where you guys fit in. Not only will we need hands-on help for laying out the track, but we’re also looking for your input for the layout of the track itself (and anyone – you don’t need to be on any committee to contribute). We have few ideas ourselves for improvements after the learnings we’ve made over the last few years, but a fresh perspective is always welcome. And while we might not end up doing your specific plan, we will consider elements of every submission.
There are however an important list of requirements for you to consider for your track layout submissions:
- The width of the track has to exceed 10ft at all points (that gives the 1/8 scale guys some options)
- There needs to be enough “green” off-track area for marshals to stand safely and not obstruct the view
- Think about how the layout might be to drive from a drivers-perspective. It’s easier to keep a car in the middle of a section of track that you’re looking along than it is for one running side-to-side (i.e. when driving toward and away from you it is easier to position the car for corners and jumps)
- We can move the existing drivers mound if required, but unfortunately there will never be a high structure on which to stand. (the bleachers may be re-positioned to give another option for driver location)
- Consider a layout that has multiple routes for tracks, particularly a shorter more-simple beginners option for those venturing onto track for the first time would be of benefit to slower and smaller vehicles (1/16 etc).
Below is an example of the plan from 2015, showing the sort of things to consider. But really anything goes at this preliminary stage.
We’re also starting a specific track-build-and-maintenance committee as part of the Halifax Radio Controlled Park Society who will meet separately to the site-management and R/C promotion side. We’ve already had a few volunteers who are keen to help out with the park design and manual-labor aspects, but we’re always looking for more helpers in whatever capacity you can offer so please get in touch if you’re willing. An email to firstname.lastname@example.org is all we need.
And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 130 tickets and the draw will happen as one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May.