BELROSE BIKE PARK
A HUB FOR HIGH-INTENSITY FLOW TRAILS
A proposal to construct a bike park at the Belrose landfill site was first raised over 10 years ago, by State Member Jonathan O’Dea, as a long term solution to relocating the community making use of freeride trails at Morgan Road. With the land manager at Morgan Road currently threatening police action, the need for action has never been greater.
Originally, there was a Bare Creek Bike Park project, which gained huge community support but was ultimately deemed too substantial in scope to be sustainable on the available budget. Following challenges encountered during the Bare Creek project, community representatives have assisted the relevant authorities in re-working the bike park design. The result is something smaller and more manageable, but with potential to provide a far superior riding experience.
The current design includes a skills/jump park (inspired by Gorge Road in Queenstown), and a number of gravity flow trails (in the style of Whistler and Coast Gravity Park). For the past 8 years this has been viewed as feasible long-term replacement for freeride trails at Oxford Falls, and it seems we are closer than ever to realizing that objective.
Right now, the project is at the point where submissions are being sought on a s96 DA Modification, which was lodged in May 2016. There is a degree of hope that, with the support of Northern Beaches Council in the context of agreeing to assist in management, construction will commence this year.