A brand new BMX cycle track is to be built on a Derby park.
Funding worth nearly £25,000 has been granted for the city council to create a new-look BMX track on the former track at Osmaston Park, in Allenton.
Local riders, who have formed the Ozzy Wheels club, will help to design the final look of the track based on their ideas for different features and how they would like to ride the course.
Jay Plimmer, who heads the riders club, said three ideas had been put to a vote on social media, and the preferred option was for a track that was part dirt, part clay, and part tarmac, that could be used by BMX riders and skateboarders.
He said: “We came together to improve the track, and it’s all got a lot bigger than I thought it would. It’s brilliant.
“What we want to see is a track that can be used by beginners and more experienced riders.
“We’ve got plenty of pump tracks and race tracks, but this is different, it’s about being up in the air and doing tricks.
“For facilities like that you have to go to Nottingham, so it’s great that the council is allowing all this to happen.”
The project has been devised by the city council’s Parks, Active Living, and Move More Derby teams, Derby Homes, and the Ozzy Wheels club.
Consultation was carried out at an event on the park last year, along with activities in nearby Osmaston Primary School.
British Cycling awarded the project just over £24,800 from its Places To Ride capital grants programme, with a further 50% match funding coming from the city council’s housing revenue account estates pride budget, which is managed by Derby Homes.
Councillor Robin Wood, the city council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This grant is fantastic news and the result of some hard work by the track users and different areas of the council. The track will be an asset to the area and something new for Derby.
“It’s great to see younger people getting active in a place that will be on the doorstep of the new Moorways Sports Village.”
Now that funding has been granted, the next stage of the project will see three specialist contractors approached to bid for the work.