Kingborough Council will be starting work soon on upgrading the dirt pump track at the Kingborough Mountain Bike Park to asphalt.
Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said the funding for the track was secured through a State Government ‘Improving the Playing Field’ Grant.
“Council receives regular requests to upgrade the facilities at the Kingston Mountain Bike Park to bring them up to contemporary standards,” Cr Wriedt said.
“Asphalt pump tracks have become very popular within the community over recent years compared to dirt-surface tracks, and they have the added benefit of being easier to maintain.
“After school and on weekends the carpark is often overflowing with families using the facilities, so I know these upgrades will be well received.
“Along with the upgrade to the pump track, Council will be investing $65,000 to improve the carpark and cater for an increase in traffic.
“Council has also been successful in securing a $20,000 Communities Tasmania grant to build a shelter where people can gather protected from the weather.
“One of the most exciting upgrades to the facilities will be a specially built ‘wallride’.
“Wallrides are almost vertical surfaces designed to cater for skaters, people using scooters as well as the biking community.
“The tender for the project was won by Velosolutions who have built around 400 asphalt pump tracks around the world.
“Kingborough residents love our sport, so I am really proud that Council has invested $7.8 million in this year’s budget to maintain our sporting culture.”