East Dunbartonshire Council’s first BMX track at Langfaulds Park in Bearsden was officially opened earlier this week by the council’s depute leader.
Ashay Ghai, who is also the convener of neighbourhood services, hopes the new track will prove to be popular with children living nearby.
It cost £80,000 to build and local young people played a crucial part in the project’s design and they couldn’t wait to try out the new facility, despite the pouring rain.
Councillor Ghai said: “We listened to local young people when they told us they would like to see a track in their area. More than that, we asked for their help to design a facility that matched their needs and we stuck with their ideas throughout.
“Giving young people an alternative option to antisocial behaviour is so important and I hope that this track will be well used by them as well as by families.
“The sport is suitable for children aged four plus with no upper limit for the adventurous and let’s not forget that BMX racing is an Olympic sport so we might just inspire some stars of the future.”
The council employed TRAX SN Jenks - a British Cycling approved BMX track building specialist - to design and construct the track which has been built to appeal to both the BMX novice and professional alike. Last month the council erected wooden posts in concrete around the track to prevent motorists driving through the park.