Rundown bike track in Hamilton Hill transformed into BMX playground

Mike Lee looks on as friend Jake Corless, of East Fremantle, performs a jump on the new Hamilton Hill pump track. Picture:  Conor McGrath/City of Cockburn.
Mike Lee looks on as friend Jake Corless, of East Fremantle, performs a jump on the new Hamilton Hill pump track. Picture: Conor McGrath/City of Cockburn.

A RUNDOWN bike track in Hamilton Hill has been revamped for BMX and mountain bike riders.

The $13,000 transformation of the 10-year-old facility at Dixon Reserve, next to Wally Hagan Stadium, into a pump track was prompted by Atwell resident and local BMX guru Mike Lee.

The City of Cockburn’s parks and youth services units worked with Mr Lee earlier this year to get a team together to help design and build the pump track.

The design was ticked off before local riders worked for many weekends in April and May to mould the foundations of the new course.

The City said Three Chillies Designs was then contracted using funds from its Hamilton Hill Revitalisation Program to finish the project “with a final compaction and layer of polymer to help bind and harden the clay surface”.

Mr Lee said the track would be popular with people of all ages.

“Some of the guys who like to ride their BMX and mountain bikes on pump tracks are in their 40s,” he said.

“It’s just a great fun way to stay fit and learn a few tricks on the bike.

“You can either roll around the whole track or learn a few jumps.

“We all learn from each other and with just about every kid under 10 having some form of BMX, it’s a great, free outdoor pastime.”

The City’s parks and environment manager Anton Lees said the project was an example of how councils and communities could work together to reach common goals.

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