The refurbished Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park has been officially opened with the upgraded facility expected to be a popular destination for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said the refurbishment enhanced the trails built by dedicated volunteers almost 20 years ago, providing a variety of challenges catering from beginners to expert-level riders.
“Thanks to a Federal Government grant of $412,000, the Glenorchy City Council was able to redevelop the existing trails and deliver an improved mountain biking experience, not just for riders in Glenorchy, but from around the region and indeed, the entire State.
“We know mountain biking is an extremely popular sport and recreational pursuit. This mountain bike facility provides experiences that I have no doubt will be highly sought after, putting our municipality firmly on mountain bike riders’ itineraries.”
“There is no doubt this upgraded facility will appeal to mountain bikers seeking new tracks and challenges. In many ways, the work we have done carries on the vision of the dedicated volunteers who constructed the first mountain bike tracks in the area almost 20 years ago.
“Following from the work of those dedicated mountain bike enthusiasts, we now have a facility that covers the spectrum of green to double-black tracks.”
The track upgrades were done by world-class mountain bike trail design company Dirt Art Pty Ltd, which specialises in sustainable trail design technologies.
Mayor Thomas said recreational infrastructure was extremely important for communities.
“The Glenorchy City Council is determined to deliver safe and accessible recreational opportunities for the community.
“Having access to facilities which deliver high-quality recreational experiences not only encourages people to live healthy and active lives, but to stay connected and involved in the community through like-minded groups and other enthusiasts,” she said.
The Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Carol Brown said the refurbished Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park will be a welcome addition to Tasmania’s already extensive mountain bike experiences.
“The Federal Government is proud to see the completion of the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park, which was delivered thanks to a $412,000 grant from the Federal Government.
“The upgraded facilities will no doubt make the Glenorchy Mountain Bike Park a fantastic place for residents of Glenorchy and Hobart surrounds to be get active and enjoy the outdoors.”