Pump track now open in South Park, Reigate

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A new pump track – designed to challenge bike riders and skateboarders alike – has opened in South Park.

The facility is on the site of a former dirt track, on Sandcross Lane, behind the YMCA Sovereign Centre.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council says the new track is “an exhilarating course of twists, turns and bumps” designed to build momentum and speed, and which can be used by all forms of people-powered wheels, such as mountain bikers, BMX riders or skaters.

The aim is for users of all abilities to be able to improve their skills and build their confidence while getting active outdoors.

Earlier in December Cllr Natalie Bramhall, executive member for neighbourhood services, said: “We’re thrilled to see this new facility open in South Park.

“I know residents have been eagerly awaiting its opening, and I hope they can make the most of it during the Christmas school holidays.

“It’s another fantastic addition to our borough’s green and open spaces, and we hope residents of all ages will enjoy using the site.

“If you’ve never tried something like this before, come and give it a go.”

The new facility has been funded thanks to two £20,000 grants.

One is from Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy fund, which is made up up of levies the council raises on new developments in the borough.

The other grant is from the Places to Ride fund, delivered in partnership by the Department for Digital, Sport, Media & Culture, British Cycling and Sport England.

The borough council says anyone with a picture or video of themselves completing a new trick at the pump track can send it to the council, or tag them, via the council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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