North Lincolnshire Council has provided a brand new BMX track at Sheffield Park in Scunthorpe in a unique partnership with local International BMX rider Mark Harrison from Scunthorpe.
The council provided the new equipment, materials and land, and Mark designed and built the new track, helped by a team of young volunteers.
The council’s grounds maintenance team cleared the ground and supplied 70 tonnes of sub-surface. The council also supplied seven tonnes of fine grade limestone for the top surface.
Work started in June and despite being hampered at every stage by the bad weather, Mark and his team took just one week to finish.
Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for customer services, sport and leisure at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“I’m pleased that the council was able to help and we had Mark, an expert in his field, on board to help us get it right.
“BMX riding is a rapidly growing sport and there is a shortage of quality BMX tracks throughout the country. In this Olympic year, thanks to the dedicated work Mark and his team, and the council put in, Sheffield Park now provides a much needed venue for young BMX riders in Scunthorpe and the surrounding area.”
Mark Harrison (Generation Tracks), said:
“I was pleased to have been initially contacted by a group of local BMX riders, all wanting more places to ride in Scunthorpe. I was even more pleased how quick and dedicated North Lincolnshire Council was in supporting this project. The local BMX volunteers put in some hard work building their track. The track was designed as a basic Play Track, one that can be developed further in the future, and hopefully will see some rising stars develop.”
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