WORK has finished on Cambridge City Council’s new multi-wheel sports pump track at King George V playing fields (also known as Trumpington Recreation Ground) in Trumpington.
The Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, will officially open the track at 3.30pm on Wednesday, 30 October.
As part of the opening ceremony, there will be a small event, for local children and young people, with expert riders demonstrating skills and how to use the facility.
The track is designed to be ridden by riders ‘pumping’ — generating momentum through up and down body movements – instead of pedalling or pushing. It is particularly suited to BMX and stunt scooter riding, but can also be used by skateboarders.
The facility consists of a tarmacked surfaced pump track circuit, which includes challenging berms (banked turns) and rollers (humps) and will cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
There are two defined areas – one for beginners and young children aged four to six, and a larger area for more advanced and older children up to around 14 – although it will also be possible for the whole track to be used as a single complete circuit.
The new £80,000 facility was funded through Section 106 developer contributions, and offers a dynamic and inclusive play/sports facility aimed at children and young people.
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.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Open Spaces, said: “The new track is a wonderful addition to the open spaces used by people in Trumpington, which provide a breath of fresh air for residents and provide a number of facilities to help people, of all ages, take part in healthy activities.
“I can’t wait to see young people using the track, having fun and boosting their health and fitness.”