Heywood BMX track seeks help to secure its future

The BMX track at Queen's Park.
The BMX track at Queen's Park when it was in use.

Published: 24 July 2023

A much-loved facility in Queen’s Park, Heywood needs help to secure its long-term future.

The BMX bike track in the park has been an attraction for many years, providing thousands of bike riders the chance to take on the challenge of purpose-built turns and jumps - proving extremely popular to the young and young at heart.

Over time and due to various factors, the track’s surface has badly deteriorated, and the facility is currently closed for safety reasons.

Council funds have been used to carry out repairs over the years, but its loose stone construction requires a significant amount of maintenance.

BMX track at Queen's Park in its current condition.

The BMX track at Queen's Park in its current condition. The facility is currently closed for safety reasons.

Now the council, which owns the land, is seeking help to get this facility open again to give it a sustainable future.

That help can come from individuals with an interest in cycling or accredited BMX groups who would like to form a sports club to manage and maintain the track for regular use, with the vision of possibly running events or training on an ongoing basis. 

Any group or club interested in helping save the future of the track would be eligible to apply for additional external funding. The council will help support all grant applications from application through to submission with the aim of getting the track up to BMX England standards.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke, cabinet member for climate change and environment, said:

“We really want to see the bike track back open as it is such a wonderful asset for Heywood.

“While we have some funding available for works needed to make the track safe for use again, we need more help to secure the track’s future in the longer term. Some of the grant applications that can be submitted need to show that the track will be used regularly and that there are interested parties that can help.

“So, if you are part of a sports club, group, or individuals who would like to know more about ways you can help, I urge you to get in touch, and let’s work together to get plans back on track.” 

Any group interested would be fully supported by the council as required.

If you’d like to have your say on how the track operates in the future, email environmental.management@rochdale.gov.uk for further information.

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