After five years of waiting, BMX park is finally complete

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Clare’s long-awaited BMX cycle track has finally been completed after it was first suggested by the town’s young people in 2008.

On Saturday, the track was finished by volunteers who donated their time and spent £800 on a digger.

Despite snow and freezing temperatures, the 150-foot square BMX track, on land behind Clare cemetery near The Nuttery, has now been dug out and includes jumps and bumps for riders to use.

It was a dream come true for the town’s young riders who had asked for somewhere to ride their bikes five years ago.

Although it did not come to fruition at the time, a survey three years later asking young people what facilities they wanted in the town was taken forward by the town council, and a youth group was formed.

Steve Brooks, from the Clare Youth Association Committee, said it was great to see the project finished and ready for use.

“It was absolutely freezing cold on the day but it was nice to see everyone there, including one of the original lads Harry, who had suggested it,” he said.

Volunteers had to cancel digging it out at the end of last time, because of wet weather, but were determined to go ahead this time.

The cycle park land was offered for lease on a peppercorn rent by farmer David Byford.