Facelift for Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park

14 January 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Facelift for Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park|

TASMANIA’S first purpose-built mountain bike park is set for a major facelift.

Located in the foothills of Wellington Park next to Tolosa Park, the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park opened in 2005 and proved an instant success as the local mountain bike scene took off.

But in recent years its popularity has waned.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park was the first of its type in Tasmania and for several years, it was at the leading edge of the sport in southern Tasmania.

However, she said it has now fallen short of expectations.

“The mountain bike scene has boomed in the state in recent years and the park’s facilities haven’t really kept pace with increased numbers and different rider expectations,” Mayor Johnston said.

“Council still places great value on the facility and so has commissioned Dirt Art, renowned local mountain bike park planners and designers, to develop a Masterplan for the park.

“We expect the Masterplan will help articulate a strong vision for the park over the next decade, one that meets the contemporary expectations of riders.

“We have been lucky enough to receive a grant from the Tasmanian Communities, Sport and Recreation program to fund this plan.”

The Masterplan will look at a wide range of issues at the park including the condition of trails, new trails and infrastructure, commercial opportunities, better access and parking, and linking it with other cycling features in Glenorchy, such as the Intercity Cycleway.

“Another key element is better integration between the Mountain Bike Park and Tolosa Park,” Mayor Johnston said.

“There’s great potential for joint facilities and amenities, including family-friendly riding opportunities.”

Community consultation forms a major part of the Masterplan project.

Council has met with various community representatives and established an expert panel of riders and cyclists to help identify issues and opportunities.

An online survey has also been developed and is accessible at the community engagement portal at Council’s website until Wednesday 15 January.

A draft Masterplan is expected to be available for community comment and feedback in March.

To take part in the survey, visit www.gcc.tas.gov.au/community/community-engagement/current-community-engagement-opportunities.aspx.

For further information, contact Council’s environment coordinator on 6216 6800.

Caption: A mountain bike rider enjoying the jumps at the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park.

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