Donatien Cyr

Donatien Cyr

Go-karts get green light

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines — there’s a new, fun activity in town for the entire family to take part in.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines — there’s a new, fun activity in town for the entire family to take part in.

Gabe Pukacz, owner of Bell-E-Acres, recently opened up a new go-kart track on the property. He said so far the response from the community has been outstanding.

“It’s been really good,” Pukacz said. “Kids really like it, teenagers really like it, 20 year olds really like it, 30 year olds really like it and I think the 40 year olds like it more.

“Everybody seems to go, ‘What a great idea. We’ve needed one of these in town for a long time.’”

The initial process of building a go-kart track began about three years ago, Pukacz said, and took until this year to get the necessary permits to operate. Peterson Contracting Ltd. completed construction of the track early July.

“It’s taken a while to get this done,” he said. “I just thought, not everyone’s a golfer and thought we’d diversify a bit.”

Pukacz purchased all of the karts — 10 singles and four doubles — brand new from a company called Kartworld in Ontario.

“You’ve got to be 54 inches tall to drive on your own, but if you’re smaller than that those double karts are really popular,” he said. “We’ve had lots of kids from really young to 10 years old that have been passengers.”

The track is 800 feet long and 18 feet wide, allowing for some fun opportunities while racing, he added.

“That gives you lots of room to pass and race your friends,” he said.

“Sometimes you’ve got to pick your corners, though, but it’s really all good.

“We just want to keep things fun for the entire family. It’ll give people one more thing to do in this town, and it puts a smile on lots of peoples’ faces.”