BMX track takes shape

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Dampier BMX track has started con­struc­tion after years of devel­op­ment, and the new fa­cil­ity could be ready as soon as the end of next week.

Work on the track, a recre­ational “pocket park” of jumps and turns to be lo­cated at the end of Hamp­ton Oval, be­gan on Mon­day.

It will be of a sim­i­lar size to the Bul­garra BMX track and has been de­signed with be­gin­ner to in­ter­me­di­ate-level riders of up­per pri­mary through to age 18 in mind.

The Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion are co-or­di­nat­ing the project and pres­i­dent Sharon Ver­ti­gan said the idea came out of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tions aimed at com­ing up with fa­cil­i­ties for the 21.2 per cent of the town pop­u­la­tion aged 0-14 years old.

“A lot of the fa­cil­i­ties that the City has put in ... are pre­dom­i­nantly aimed at the younger age group,” she said.

“We just felt that we needed some­thing for the youth, the up­per pri­mary to high school aged group, some­thing for them to do lo­cally.

“While it’s been a pro­tracted process, we’ve ac­tu­ally come to the best pos­si­ble site for the com­mu­nity.

“Not only is it highly vis­i­ble and in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion, it’s ac­ces­si­ble to the cur­rent ameni­ties and shade and grass and just the fact that it is zoned recre­ation­ally ... means it was a lot eas­ier to get the devel­op­ment up and run­ning.”

The project is funded by City of Kar­ratha and Rio Tinto, which pro­vided a com­mu­nity lease for the site, and is be­ing built by Dirtz Trax N Trailz with as­sis­tance from Rio.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by June 17 with a pub­lic open­ing to fol­low soon after.

Pic­ture: Dirtz Trax N Trailz

An artist's im­pres­sion of the BMX track be­ing built on Dampier’s Hamp­ton Oval.

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