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BMX riders jumping for joy as track at Ferndown officially opened
2:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
FERNDOWN youngsters are jumping for joy with the official opening of their very own BMX dirt jump area.
The town council and East Dorset Countryside Management Service got together with the Urban Heaths Partnership to provide an area where bikers can practice their skills.
Ferndown Mayor, Cllr John Lewis, cut the ribbon to open the area at Ford Lane Recreation Ground, supported by deputy mayor, Cllr Steve Lugg.
Jade North, Urban Heaths Partnership warden, said: “By creating this new track not only will it give people a place to develop their own talent but it will also help to protect our local nature reserves such as Ferndown, Parley and Poor Common, which have all been subject to illegal building of dirt jumps in past years.”
“This is somewhere where they can go and legally carry on with their sport.”
Around 70 people had turned out to help clear the area of scrub and one of three dirt jump tracks has been started off.
It is hoped the youngsters will develop it themselves and provide areas where all ages can take part.
“This is the first stage for them being able to have somewhere to ride,” said Jade.
“We want them to take it on and start creating what they want themselves.”
It is hoped that it will take off in the same way Potterne Park at Verwood has.
The Heathland Mitigation Fund helped fund the project and McDonalds provided food for the clearance.
Promoted on Facebook, a group more than 120 strong has been avidly looking forward to the day when the track opened and they could start to use it.
The recreation ground has recently been revamped with a football pitch and all weather path and now has one of the largest designated areas for dirt jumps.
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