VIDEO: New BMX track boosts Youlgrave playing fields revamp

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A project to improve facilities at a Derbyshire park is on track for success, following the launch of a new BMX trail.

The route has been installed as part of improvements to Queen Elizabeth II Alport Lane Playing Fields, and has been designed by children from All Saints C of E Primary School.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson cuts the ribbon to officially open the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson cuts the ribbon to officially open the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.

High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson officially opened the new trail on Friday, and also planted a sapling from Windsor which was given to Youlgrave Parish Council during the Diamond Jubilee.

Council clerk Matthew Lovell said: “The cycle track will give much pleasure to local and visiting children and provide a great recreational facility for years to come.”

Construction of the BMX trail is the culmination of a major project to improve the Alport Lane playing fields, which has included construction of a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which was part-financed through the SITA QEII Fund. A path has also been constructed, linking the MUGA and bowls club to the pavilion, and a new shelter installed.

Work on the BMX trail was carried out by parish groundworks operators, using 60 tonnes of limestone aggregate which was donated by Hope Construction Materials.

Pupils from the Youlgrave All Saints Church of England Primary School give the new BMX track a go after it's official launch on Friday.

Pupils from the Youlgrave All Saints Church of England Primary School give the new BMX track a go after it's official launch on Friday.

The company, which runs the nearby Dowlow Quarry and also Hope Cement Works, also donated signs for the newly-developed site along with other materials.

Daran Murray, Hope’s Dowlow Quarry Manager, added: “We are keen to support local community projects where we can. Often practical help like this donation and delivery of Dowlow Quarry aggregates, can make a bigger difference to a small village like Youlgrave.

“We were delighted to be able to help and look forward to hearing how much the cyclists enjoy the new track!”

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson cuts the ribbon to officially open the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson cuts the ribbon to officially open the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.

Pupils from the Youlgrave All Saints Church of England Primary School give the new BMX track a go after it's official launch on Friday.

Pupils from the Youlgrave All Saints Church of England Primary School give the new BMX track a go after it's official launch on Friday.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson plants the Royal Oak sapling at the official opening of the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.

The High Sheriff of Derbyshire Oliver Stephenson plants the Royal Oak sapling at the official opening of the BMX Trail in Youlgrave on Friday.