New BMX track for Churchdown solves council dilemma
WORK has started on an exciting new addition to the popular skate park in Churchdown.
The award-winning facility for skateboarders opened earlier this year, and has become a hotspot for youngsters keen to try out their latest tricks.
The venue has been such a hit, councillors have now given the green light for work to begin on constructing a BMX track – adding to the attraction for young people.
Soil taken from the pond excavation in Churchdown Park has been piled up and would have cost up to £3,000 to be removed.
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Instead of dumping the waste elsewhere at great cost to the council coffers, a decision was made to use the earth for a new BMX track instead.
Councillors Kay Berry and Bill Whelan drew up the plans with clerk Ruth Warne and have now put them into action.
Workman from the pond site have helped to move the ground with diggers, creating humps and bumps for youngsters to ride over.
Coun Berry said: "There used to be a BMX track in the park, but it was closed down due to worries over health and safety and we opened the Multi-Use Games Area instead.
"The skate park is mainly used by older kids so the youngsters can sometimes find it hard to be accepted when they turn up wanting to use their bikes on the skate ramps.
"When we found out how much it would cost to remove all of the waste ground, this seemed like the perfect answer to solve both of the problems.
"The park is so well used, this new addition will only help to improve the facility further and make it even more of an attraction for families and young people."
Although work is continuing, it is hoped the track will be ready for use by next month. Praise has been heaped on the council for its innovation and use of open space in developing the park.
A MUGA and skate park is already fully operational, with the wildlife ponds nearing completion.