Sackville RC’s Proposal for a Dedicated RC Park in HRM
Sackville RC is a Radio Controlled (RC) car Club in Lower Sackville Nova Scotia. We are a group of families and friends which have been running RC vehicles for over 30 years. Our club was co-founded in 2008 by three guys looking for an inexpensive way to race cars. We developed and maintained a series of “Backyard Tracks” and held weekly races involving up to 10 drivers.
HRM does not have a dedicated area for people to run their RC vehicles. Due to that, people are using their RC Vehicles in the street, school yards and parking lots. These are not ideal, nor are they safe locations. There is a wide age demographic using RC vehicles and as this hobby grows, people should have a safe place to enjoy their vehicles. There are local hobby shops that have been selling these vehicles and parts for decades such as Mighty Small Cars, Hobby Emporium and more recently hobby grade RC vehicles are now being sold at major retailers like Futureshop, Best Buy and Walmart. These vehicles should not be used in the street; they are very fast and powerful and can cause significant property damage if being controlled by an unskilled operator.
HRM has no shortage of BMX Parks, Skate Parks and Walking Trails. These are all outdoor activities that promote healthy lifestyles and RC is much the same. We would like your support in helping us with a dedicated location. In an effort to keep cost to HRM down, we suggest that an unused baseball field be designated for the sole purpose of RC vehicles, such as the Eddie Leblanc field in Lr Sackville. This could be used for a full sized RC track and an RC “Bashing” area for the community. The East Coast RC Committee has recently been established and is made up of local clubs and independent RC’ers. The committee would be in charge of Building, Maintaining and Fund raising for a dedicated RC Area.
Full size RC Track
A full size RC track is basically a small race track. It can be put on almost any size/shape piece of land. Ideally, you would want the land to be at least 125ft x 100ft (This number could be smaller or larger, depending on the shape of the land). It can accommodate various size RC cars and trucks which are typically the vehicles that are 1/10 scale to 1/8 scale. (Anywhere from 20-26 inches in length). The race track typically consists of:
1) A Driver’s Stand: Drivers control their cars from this area as it has the best visibility of the track. It usually is an elevated deck area, maybe 2-6 feet off of the ground.
2) A Pit/Staging area: This is where the drivers prepare their vehicles before a race or where they perform any needed maintenance during a race event. It usually consists of some portable tables.
3) The Track: It is a piece of land where the racing takes place. It is usually a clay soil mixture, which is made into a combination of twists, turns, jumps, all designed to keep the racing interesting. The lanes are usually marked with barriers, made of wood or plastic tubing.
This would fit nicely in the infield of a baseball diamond.
RC Bashing Area
This is an open area that is compromised of jumps, dips and just general terrain changes. The people who “Bash” like to get their vehicle up to speed and try to land big jumps. It is basically a terrain layout that is designed to put the RC through its paces. This is something that would fit nicely in the outfield of a baseball field.
We believe this project is perfect for the Eddie Leblanc Memorial Ball Park on First Lake Drive. It has 3 fields. Any one of those fields would be ideal as there is plenty of parking, it is a well known spot, the field is fenced in and at least one of the ball fields is unused and overgrown in the outfield. If HRM were to dedicate such an area, the RC community could be up and running on a basic track in a matter of days. A “Basic” RC Track requires lane dividers and anchors to hold the lane dividers to the ground. If a piece of land were dedicated to the RC Community and we were able to build a track and a bashing area, we estimate our initial cost to be $1000. This could be covered by the RC community and would grow over time as fund raising can begin because we now have a dedicated area.
Future of the area
We do not require permanent structures and because of that we wouldn’t leave behind any footprint. Should the baseball field be required for something else in the future we could easily remove the drivers stand and track in a couple of days, leaving behind a few mounds of dirt.
If you have any questions or require any further details, please feel free to reach out to us directly.
Adrian Parsons, Steve Taylor and Todd Connolly
We are on the internet. www.SackvilleRC.com
Our goal is to find a suitable and safe place to RC.
How can you help? Simply Call 311. This is the HRM citizen contact centre. Once you get through, ask them if HRM has a place to run your RC vehicles. This will put a note in their system and the more notes, the more consideration something will get from HRM. The HRM Citizen Contact Centre is opened 7am to 11pm daily and can be reached by calling 311.