BMX track

New Bayn­ton West course open

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

To the de­light of lo­cal BMX rid­ers, Bayn­ton West has be­come home to the first as­phalt pump track in WA and one of only a few in Aus­tralia as part of its new com­mu­nity park, which opened at the week­end.

The track was a draw­card for hun­dreds of chil­dren and adults who flocked to the new Bal­yarra Park for its open­ing event on Sun­day morn­ing, also en­joy­ing the park’s new play­ground, ju­nior football oval and pub­lic art­work by artists Pansy Hicks, Vi­o­let Sam­son, Ja­nine Sam­son and Gavin Snook. The LandCorp project also in­cludes the com­ple­tion of an­other, smaller fam­ily park in Roth­schild Loop.

LandCorp West Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Travis McNaught said the parks’ fea­tures were cho­sen to suit the sub­urb’s main de­mo­graphic.

“It’s about the make-up of the Bayn­ton West com­mu­nity, which is in­cred­i­bly young,” he said.

“There are a lot of young families in Bayn­ton West. So re­ally when I was look­ing at the de­sign of the park with Emerge, it was all about mak­ing it the right fit.”

The two park­lands have been set aside for de­vel­op­ment since Bayn­ton West was con­structed but were await­ing in­stal­la­tion of the City of Kar­ratha’s ef­flu­ent re­use wa­ter scheme, which was com­pleted late last year.

Sydney-based track de­sign com­pany Dirtz built the Bal­yarra Park pump track and owner Brett Barnes, who is also an Aus­tralian Masters BMX cham­pion, vis­ited for the open­ing to com­men­tate a demo ride by mem­bers of the Kar­ratha BMX Club.

Mr Barnes said the large as­phalt track would not only with­stand Kar­ratha’s ex­treme weather con­di­tions but also meant peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties could en­joy it equally.

“You can have a three-year-old child on a bal­ance bike and have a whale of a time, and an elite Olympian BMXer come here and have just as much fun,” he said.

The track can take scoot­ers, skate­boards, rollerblades, bi­cy­cles and train­ing-wheeled bikes.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era Kar­ratha BMX Club rid­ers per­form a demo ride to open the Bal­yarra Park pump track.

Caleb Justins, 13, Jack Glover, 11, Zachary Nor­man, 13, and Cooper Hinch­cliffe, 11, with Brett Barnes.

Jeremy, El­lie, 5, Louise and Izzy Or­lando, 1 in the play­ground.

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