South Guildford: More BMX ramps in Queens Road Arboretum revamp

BMX rider Lewis Shugar with Midland Guildford ward councillors Ian Johnson and Claire Scanlan.
BMX rider Lewis Shugar with Midland Guildford ward councillors Ian Johnson and Claire Scanlan.

WORK has wrapped up on revamping a South Guildford park to include more BMX jumps.

The Queens Road Arboretum works, instigated by local rider Lewis Shugar, included building smaller jumps for less experienced riders and installing a gazebo and water fountain.

Swan Mayor David Lucas said the improvements were perfect for young families moving into the area.

“With more people moving in and calling the City of Swan home, this was a great opportunity to improve our public open space for our growing community,” he said.

Lewis said he had contacted the City after riding at the park to see how it could be improved. He had now noticed an increase in people using the park.

“The jumps are easily seen from Great Eastern Highway and Kalamunda Road, so hopefully even more people will start to use the space as they see more things happening,” he said.

“Thank you to councillors Claire Scanlan and Ian Johnson for putting me in touch with some passionate staff at the City who were a pleasure to deal with.”

Cr Scanlan said: “Lewis is a keen BMX rider himself and saw a chance to create a place where our community can come and socialise, develop new skills and make new friends.

“If you have an idea to improve your community, I would strongly encourage you to get in touch with the City to see what can be done.”

The BMX track at Queens Road Arboretum was originally designed by young people, with local businessman Destry Schrock playing a large role in organising its development and getting a qualifying round of the Xtreme Games held in November 2000.