BMX pump track could be coming to Banbury


Feasibility studies are underway with Spiceball Park being the preferred location

An exciting new leisure facility could be coming to Banbury as a result of joint enterprise between two local councils.

Cherwell District Council and Banbury Town Council are exploring the feasibility for a new BMX pump track, and Spiceball Park is emerging as the preferred option.

The pump track – a thrilling concept for BMXers and bikers of all abilities – would provide recreational use for young riders and can be used by cyclists at all experience levels.

Pump tracks are tight-looped BMX tracks. The obstacles are not as steep as full-scale BMX circuits, but they are closer together so that laps can be completed with ‘pumping’ – the motion used by a rider’s upper and lower body. Pumping is used to maintain speed around the circuit without pedalling.

Banbury Town Council own Spiceball Park, but Cherwell District Council would cover the costs and oversee the track’s construction.  The design would have connectivity to existing cycle paths and access to local amenities as key considerations.

After construction the town council would maintain the facility going forward.

Leader of the town council Kieron Mallon said: “Councils work together on many projects and this is one example of how residents benefit from joint enterprise.

“This new amenity will boost the town council’s leisure portfolio and the pump track will provide adventure, exercise and excitement for young people.”

He added: “Cherwell District Council feasibility studies are underway for the pump track and the town council is keen to provide the land for this exciting new project when the studies are completed.

“Banbury Town council has recently refurbished the skateboard ramp in Spiceball and it’s hoped that the new BMX track will add to the fantastic amenities already featured in this country park.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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