New BMX park is on track to open

BMX track design

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An old blaes football pitch has been transformed into a fabulous BMX park which should be openjust in time for Christmas.

Local Labour councillor John McLaren said the work began nearly two weeks ago and was on track to be complete this week.

The Lannrigg Park transformation was paid for through a North Lanarkshire Council regeneration fund, after £35,000 of funding was successfully sourced to transform the run down sports 
area.

He said: ‘‘I am over the moon at this. As well as the BMX track there are going to be five-a-side football pitches, so we are not losing any of the facility at all.

‘‘We’re totally for getting kids away from computers and getting fitter children not fatter children.’’

Nearby Moor Park is also getting a facelift with work due to start there in February to create an outdoor bootcamp, with obstacle course equipment which can be used by all ages.

The total funding package for the boot camp is not yet known.

Chryston High School recently took delivery of 30 brand new mountain bikes which they will be able to use on the new BMX track.

Alan Flannigan, head of PE at Chryston High School, said: “We successfully applied for £3,000 of funding from Education Scotland’s core PE fund, which enabled us to buy the new bikes, helmets and service plans.

“The fact that there’s a new facility on our doorstep means that we’ll be looking at taking the new bikes out on it; we’re also looking at ways in which we can develop cycling programmes round our campus – for example cycling proficiency and training.”