New BMX track unveiled at park

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WORK on a new BMX cycle track in Kettering has been completed.

The track can be found at Rockingham Road Pleasure Park and replaces an existing track that local children had created.

The need for a new track was highlighted as a key development project in the plan that won the park Green Flag status last year.

The plan also included the installation of an outdoor gym which will include up to seven pieces of specialist fitness equipment.

Residents have been asked for their views on both schemes and the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park group hopes to secure the funding to take this scheme forward.

David Meagher, chairman of the friends group, said: “It’s really all go this year. Apart from the new track and gym kit we’re trying to secure, we also organising party in the park events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will be on June 2 and 3 between 3pm and 5pm.”

Further work at the park will see a new roundabout being installed to replace the old broken one and some of the parks footpaths replaced.

Outdoor bowls and crazy golf will take place on Tuesday, May 8, and will be open to the public from 2.30pm.

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “We are delighted to be able develop the new track to replace the informal one that was there as it raised safety concerns. The new track complies with safety requirements.” Nina Lloyd Lane, eight, said: “This new track is so cool, it’s really hard to get round fast but I’m getting faster now. Some of the boys do really big jumps. The old humps were good but this is just brilliant”

For the full story and picture see tomorrow’s Evening Telegraph.