Work is now complete at the new BMX Pump track at Broxtowe Country Park, providing local citizens with track and jumps to cater for all ages and abilities.
After two years of hard work, the BMX Pump track will officially open on Friday 6 December at 5pm with activities and events for the local community to enjoy including hot food stalls, fireworks display and a raffle to win a bike and scooter.
The BMX Launch event is in partnership with TravelRight who are our local free sustainable travel service in the North of the City. All the fabulous bike activities have been funded by TravelRight and they have also funded 50% of the free bike and scooter giveaway on the night.
The celebrations at the Alwyn Road entrance to Broxtowe Country Parkinclude:
5.15pm: Ribbon cutting and welcome speeches from Nottingham City Council’s Councillor Graham Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Regeneration, Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture and Councillor Carole McCulloch, Aspley Ward Councillor
5.30pm: Speech by Tony Fleming (former No 1 British champion)
5.45pm: BMX Bike Trick performance
6.05pm: Racing by the Bulwell Outlaws
6.30pm: BMX Bike Trick performance
7.15pm: Fireworks display
Cllr Graham Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Neighbourhood Regeneration, said: “This new BMX Pump track was started by councillors but the real vision came from local young people and the community and I am proud that, after 2 years of effort, we now have an excellent facility on the park. The new facilities will create an attractive and safe environment for young citizens and adults alike. By involving the local community in the development, we hope they will own it and respect it. It will promote healthy lifestyles and give young people something constructive to do.
“I hope to see everyone on Friday so we can celebrate the launch of the park together and enjoy the activities our neighbourhood team have arranged.”
The idea of a local community BMX Pump track came from a group of young local citizens who approached Nottingham City Council with the idea. They have been involved at every stage of the process, including consultation and design.
Garry Nicholson, Project Co-Ordinator Robert Woodhead Limited, said: “It’s great news for Broxtowe that the track is opening this Friday, the project was challenging as the park was open to the public which meant that traffic, noise and the ground conditions had to be carefully managed. The mud and boggy ground during construction could have delayed the project but we have pulled out all the stops to get it ready on time. I am delighted that Robert Woodhead were chosen to complete the work, we are a local contractor and worked on the project with a team of local suppliers. We are looking forward to seeing the track in action for the first time on Friday.”
The much anticipated 55m x 35m track which also includes a small scooter track as well, based at the Alwyn Road entrance of the 46 hectare park, was once part of a landfill area. A large part of the £132,000 invested in the project was spent on specialist designs to take its past usage into consideration, making it a safe environment for riders. Also included in the design is a 500mm high steel knee rail to deter motorbikes and help to protect the track from anti-social behaviour.
The BMX Pump track is the latest part of the park to undergo regeneration. Other enhancements to Broxtowe Country Park include, new cycle and pedestrian routes, extra lighting and landscaping. The latest enhancements will help the area act as a transport intersection and strengthen the city’s sustainable transport network.
Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) and Nottingham City Council, using money from the Nottingham Local Sustainable Transport Fund, have contributed to the £128,000 project.
Press release provided by Nottingham City Council.