BMX Pump Track Opened In Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Waterford City and County Council recently completed the latest addition to the Linear Park at Fairlane in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, with the opening of a BMX Pump Track..

The BMX Pump track comprises of a 120-metre-long beginners track and a 420-metre advanced track and is the ideal amenity for BMXers to test their ability to ‘pump’ speed from the track using the rollers and beams.

As part of the project, Waterford City and County Council consulted with Cycling Ireland's BMX Commission and Cycling Ireland on the specification for a BMX Pump Track and to ensure the most authentic ‘pump’ experience for its users.

Cathaoirleach of the Dungarvan / Lismore District, Cllr. Pat Nugent, was delighted to officially open the track.

Cllr. Pat Nugent said: 

“It’s wonderful to see the addition of such an accessible, high calibre track to the park. The feedback from Cycling Ireland, Cycling Ireland's BMX Commission and the local visitors to the park has been positive."
“The amenities in this park have flourished and the Learn to Cycle track, performance area, skatepark, BMX Pump track and the imminent completion of an adult exercise area fantastic additions to the community landscape and encourage people of all ages to get out and about and try something new in a safe, family-friendly outdoor area.”

Waterford City and County Council, with the support of Waterford Sports Partnership, secured funding of €150,000 under the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Sports Capital Programme.

Peter Jones, Waterford Sports Partnership, added:

“The input of Cycling Ireland and BMX Ireland was invaluable throughout the process. In consultation with their members, we were able to deliver a top-class track that is as accessible to beginners as it is challenging to advanced riders.”

The Pump track was constructed in a sustainable manner, applying the principles of the circular economy in terms of reuse of materials and life cycle costing. Recycled aggregates were used in the build-up of all slopes, banks and ramps and these were provided by quarries in the Dungarvan area.

The overall cost of the cycle track was €195,000. Works were completed earlier this month by contractors Trailbreaker, along with VeloSolutions, which developed the plan for the track.

More information on the Linear Park BMX Pump Track and other cycling facilities around Ireland can be found here.