Partners celebrate new bike track opening

£250,000 BMX track in Wishawhill

April 15 2018

A new £250,000 BMX track in Wishawhill, Craigneuk was officially opened on Sunday 15 April.

The pump track has transformed a derelict site, next to the former St Matthew's Primary School, to create a purpose-built pump track for BMX bikes, mountain bikes and skateboards. A wildflower meadow was also created at the site, which is next to Wishawhill Woods.

The council secured funding from the Scottish Government's Vacant and Derelict Land Fund for the project, which has been managed by the council and Central Scotland Green Network Trust.

Craigneuk Community Council, Action for Craigneuk, Wishaw Mountain Biking Club and Socialtrack, a social enterprise set up by the club, have worked closely with the partners throughout the project.

The park was officially opened by Council Leader Councillor Jim Logue, Depute Provost Tom Castles, the Chair of Wishaw Mountain Bike Club and local children before young people showed off their skills on bikes and skateboards. Earlier in the day, pupils from local primary schools were given lessons on the track and during the day there were activities, stalls, music and refreshments, provided by Glencassels Community Development Project.

"Feedback from residents was that young people would like somewhere positive to spend their free time, and this pump track is an excellent place to enjoy the sport and meet friends," said Councillor Jim Logue.

"All the partners and the community have worked together to raise the money, develop the plans and build this track and already you can see how popular it is. I would like to congratulate everyone involved for their work to bring this facility to life."

Mike Batley, Development Officer with CSGNT, said: "A lot of planning and work has gone into the creation of the bike track and it is fantastic to celebrate its launch with the local community. The bike track provides a great space for people of all of ages, especially youngsters, to get out and enjoy the local outdoors.

"The addition of the wildflower media will also provide a much needed community for the local wildlife and we're looking forward to seeing how it takes shape over the coming months into summer. On behalf of CSGNT, I would like to thank everyone involved in working together to create this fantastic facility."

Completed in December last year, the track was designed and built by Velo Solutions, experts in the field.

Since then Socialtrack have been holding lessons and bike building and maintenance activities at the track, which is very popular with local young people.

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