One of Australia’s largest BMX tracks and the second of its kind in Brisbane has opened in Darra, in an effort to cater for one of the country’s fastest growing sports.
Jamboree Ward Councillor Matthew Bourke said Brisbane’s BMX community had spun out when Brisbane City Council’s first purpose-built asphalt BMX track opened in Bracken Ridge last year and would be doing tailspins on the Darra track in no time.
“Since it made its debut at the Olympics in 2008, BMX has become one of Australia’s fastest-growing sports, however, until recently there have been no large, dedicated BMX facilities to allow talented young riders to hone their skills in Brisbane,” Cr Bourke said.
“Brisbane is a lifestyle city and this is part of Council’s commitment to build the infrastructure for the future while protecting our unique lifestyle, local green spaces and parks.
“The $3.1 million track is the second of two dedicated off-road freestyle and racing facilities to accommodate BMX enthusiasts and create more to see and do in our lifestyle city.
“The 3000-square metre track was designed by a specialist team and its sure to be a hit with riders of all ages and abilities.
“Whether you’re still on training wheels or a professional rider, this new facility will provide a high-quality track to learn to ride on, practice new tricks or prepare for a BMX race.”
Cr Bourke said the facility would feature a 400-metre track, including dedicated runs for junior to advanced riders.
“The Darra BMX facility will feature 400-metres of asphalt track, including a 100-metre dedicated junior track,” he said.
“Riders will be freestyling, bunny-hopping and jumping into 360° tailspins, with jumps ranging from 60cm to 200cm, to increase the level of difficulty.
“The Darra BMX track is an exciting new free facility that will be able to be enjoyed by the whole family.
“In addition to the bicycle motorcross track, the precinct is benefitting from new toilet facilities, shade shelters, water bubblers and will be lit until 9pm each night.”