Murray Bridge plans for a new BMX track to be built

The Murray Bridge Council have enlisted the help of experts to design a BMX-specific track and are calling on the public to help with the design.

Images: Provided by Murray Bridge Council via The Trail Collective

A new BMX dirt track could be coming to Murray Bridge. A multi-staged consultation process will begin today in hopes that a high-quality track will be built, something locals have been requesting for years.

The Murray bridge Council have enlisted the help of specialist BMX trail engineers, The Trail Collective, to design the track with members of the local community encouraged to get involved in deciding the tracks features.  

The Trail Collective are the group behind other tracks across the state including The Adelaide City Dirt Trails and tracks at West Lakes, Mount Compass and Clare.

Young people from the area were the spearheads of the project with the city’s Youth Action Committee pushing the idea as well as selecting the location. If approved, the track will be built at the back of the Sturt Reserve, in the south-western corner near Charles Sturt Drive and Jaensch Road.

Mayor Brenton Lewis said the Council is proposing the creation of a family friendly, safe, recreation space for beginners and intermediate bike riders, involving extensive landscaping in an attractive and accessible riverfront location.

“We are always open to hearing from our young people about ways we can work together to improve opportunities for recreation and enjoyment in our communities, and to engage them in healthy activities that enliven our riverfront and open spaces,” he said.

“We are listening to our young people and this project is a chance for them to have a real
say in shaping the premier riverfront recreation precinct we are building at Sturt Reserve, to
give them a voice and ensure we are catering for their needs.

“A bike park specifically for bike riders of all levels and abilities would add variety and depth
to the extensive youth facilities we are developing within our region. We will also go out for broad consultation once design concepts have been developed to ensure the facilities will meet the needs of its users.”

The current Skate Park was opened in 2018 and while it is useable for BMX riders, locals are calling for a BMX specific track at the same quality as the ones in and around the city.

Once the design of the park is finalised, a second round of public consultation will take place.

The Trail Collective are hosting an ideas workshop today, May 14th, at the Sturt Reserve skate park between 12.30 and 2.30 for locals to have their say on features they would like to see built into the park. For those that can’t attend in person, an online survey is also available here.

Keep up to date on the Murray Bridge City Council Facebook or on the website.

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