WORK has started to put in place a new multi-wheel sports pump track at King George V playing fields (also known as Trumpington Recreation Ground) in Trumpington.
The new facility, which is being installed by Cambridge City Council and funded by Section 106 developer contributions, will offer a dynamic and inclusive play/ sports facility aimed at children and young people aged from four to 14.
The facility is likely to be used predominantly by bicycle, BMX and stunt scooter riders but can be used by skateboarders too.
The pump track is designed to be ridden completely by riders ‘pumping’ — generating momentum by up and down body movements, instead of pedalling or pushing.
It will consist of a tarmacked surfaced pump track circuit, which includes challenging berms (banked turns) and rollers (humps). The track will cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
There will be two defined areas; one for beginners and younger children aged four to six and a larger area for more advanced and older users, although it will be possible for the whole track to be used as one circuit.
The track will complement other recently installed facilities at the playing fields that were also funded through Section 106 developer contributions, including fitness equipment and a large climbing dome.
Areas of the open space will remain for formal sporting activity including football pitches, as well as informal play and leisure space.
Work to install the new pump track started this week and is expected to be complete in November.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “We want to make the most of our public open spaces to help people enjoy the great outdoors, and to enjoy all the benefits of being active including living healthy lifestyles.”
“These new facilities will be a great addition to the playing fields, which already have lots to offer people of all ages. I hope and expect that they will be well received and well used in the coming months and years.”