Saddle up for thrills as new BMX track opens

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CHILDREN can now enjoy £16,500 of new facilities at a popular family park after work on its new BMX track and roundabout was finished.

With Easter Bank Holiday weekend starting today, families have already been making use of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park’s new £6,500 roundabout and BMX track, which has had a £10,000 facelift.

Nina Lloyd, eight, of Kingsley Avenue, Kettering, said: “This new track is so cool, it’s really hard to get around 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.”

The newly resurfaced and reshaped BMX track replaces one children had created.

The roundabout replaces a disused broken one.

Kettering Council plans to spend £10,000 resurfacing some of the park’s main paths.

It also hopes to spend about £14,000 on an outdoor gym with about seven pieces of equipment.

David Meagher, chairman of the Friends of Rockingham Road Pleasure Park, which has been working with the council on the improvements, said: “Apart from the new track and gym kit we’re trying to secure, we’re also organising party in the park events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which will be on June 2, to June 3, between 3pm and 5pm.”

Steve Bellamy, the council’s portfolio holder for community, said: “We are delighted to see local people taking such a lead in developing their park. This is real community partnership in action.”

Outdoor bowls and crazy golf will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 8.