BMX park is ready for the summer

BMX riders will be looking forward to a summer of jumps and stunts - after calls to revamp a run-down track were answered by the borough council.

Last August the News asked Amber Valley officers to look at getting a BMX track off Greenhill Lane in Riddings overhauled - as youngsters had deserted it due to the state of disrepair it was in.

But this summer following a £10,000 clean up and resurfacing, the site is safe to use again - and Sharon Thomas of the council’s Landscape Services department, is hoping it will be well used.

She said: “ We got a company in to reshape the mounds, resurface it and top it with a special blended clay too.

“We’ve had no complaints about the new design since - and no complaints at a council generally means people are happy with it!”

The £20,000 track was created in November 2010, with advice from BMX professionals, but severe winter weather then disrupted works and caused ruts and water logging.

In 2011 a group of BMX enthusiasts called the News to tell us people had sustained minor injuries riding the course - and in an effort to improve the site, had begun digging their own jumps to improve it.

In hindsight, Sharon said, the first design was ‘too challenging’ for riders of all abilities and believes young people were modifying the course because it was too difficult in places.

Now she says the site has been made easier so all ages and skills can enjoy it.

But she said: “I would urge people not to modify the course and make it dangerous for other users.”