Brisbane BMX riders will be jumping into 360° tailspins, with the opening of one of the largest BMX tracks in Australia at Bracken Ridge today.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Brisbane-first professional BMX circuit was part of Brisbane City Council’s commitment to create new lifestyle and leisure opportunities.
“The $2.3 million Bracken Ridge bicycle motocross track is the first of two dedicated off-road freestyle and racing facilities to accommodate BMX enthusiasts and create more to see and do in Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.
“The track was designed by a specialist team, including some of the experts behind the London Olympics BMX competition tracks, to ensure it would appeal to riders of all ages and abilities.
“We want Brisbane riders ranging from beginners through to professional riders, to have a high-quality track to learn to ride on, practice new tricks, improve skills or prepare for a BMX race.
“There are currently no large, dedicated BMX facilities across Brisbane, and many talented young riders do not have the facilities to hone their skills to a competitive or professional level.
“This purpose-built track, together with one opening at Darra in mid-2019, will be available for up and coming BMX riders to do workshops and practice their techniques.”
Cr Quirk said that the 5,700 square metre facility contained entry, intermediate and advanced level runs to cater to junior and experienced riders.
“The facility will feature 640 metres of asphalt track with freestyle jumps and obstacles of heights varying from 40cm to 160cm, to increase the level of difficulty,” he said.
“We are a lifestyle city, which is why Council is committed to creating more to see and do in Brisbane, and providing more recreation facilities in our local parks.”
Bracken Ridge Ward Councillor Amanda Cooper said that the BMX track would add to the destination recreation precinct already located at the corner of Telegraph Road and Lemke Road.
“The Bracken Ridge BMX is an exciting new free venue for the whole family and adds to the Emily Seebohm Aquatic Centre and Bracken Ridge Skate Plaza which opened in 2016,” she said.
“In addition to the riding facilities, the precinct is benefitting from 30 additional car parking spaces and lighting at the track and skate plaza until 10pm.
“A special artwork designed two local artists Cezary Stulgis and Benjamin Reeve, has also been installed at the facility, as part of the Brisbane Canvas initiative.”
For more information about the Bracken Ridge BMX track, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.