Two new bicycle pump tracks will be established in Cockburn this year, with the sod turned for work to begin on the first in Yangebup.
The tracks, popular with BMX and mountain bike riders of all ages and abilities, will be built at Yangebup’s Perena Rocchi Reserve and Broadwater Park in South Lake from May, with completion set for July.
Both have been made possible with $125,000 from the State Government’s Local Projects Local Jobs program.
Trees will be retained at the Yangebup site on the corner of Osprey and Moorhen Drives where the looping 150m track has the support of Yangebup Progress Association as it will enhance the area by encouraging use of the park, along with the nearby basketball ring and playground.
Trees will also be retained at the South Lake track which will be near the Ottey Neighbourhood and Family Centre. The project, which has the unanimous support of local residents group Connecting South Lake, will also include a new basketball half-court.
Pump tracks are commonly made of clay, with a circuit of banked turns and features designed to be ridden by riders "pumping" or creating momentum with up and down body movements.
A similar track established at Dixon Park in Hamilton Hill has proven popular with the community since it opened last July.