Croydon Council’s newly constructed BMX track opens at Norbury Park this weekend (Saturday 19 August).
The first day will feature an organised an all-abilities, all-ages ‘rock-up-and-ride’ session 10am and 2pm.
For those without their own bikes and equipment there will be kit available to borrow, and coaches will be on hand to give riding advice.
The track will offer riders of any level of experience the opportunity to develop their skills, and promises to host exciting organised competitions and showcase events as well as being free for anyone to use at any time.
Taking up less space than a standard football pitch, the track’s challenging straights and tight, banked hairpin bends will make for exhilarating riding as well as providing a visual spectacle for other park users.
“This project is a significant investment in one of our parks. It’s vital we make improvements like this to ensure our parks attract a wide range of local users. Officers have worked hard to bring this exciting project about, including a lot of community engagement. The opening festivities continue this good work”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
The project was funded by the council using money obtained from private housing developers as part of the planning process.
It is supported by Access Sport, a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of young people by giving them opportunities to take part in sporting activities. A new club is being formed, and anyone who would like to join or volunteer to help out is invited to find out more at Saturday’s event.
Joe McTague, associate director from the charity, said: “We help young people by building thriving community sports clubs, led by inspirational volunteers, in some of the most disadvantaged urban areas. These clubs then provide life-changing opportunities, whilst creating a lasting, locally-owned community resource.”