Mountain bike trails contract awarded

Published on Friday, 8 December 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

The development of mountain bike riding facilities in the Chapman River Regional Park is underway with the tender recently being awarded to specialist trail development firm Common Ground Trails.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the design and delivery of this specialised project is in good hands.

“The contract has been awarded to Common Ground Trails, a Margaret River based consultancy, who specialises in the development and construction of mountain bike facilities,” he said.

“Their experience in working together with agencies and enthusiasts to design and deliver mountain bike facilities across the State will ensure the trails proposed in the Chapman River Regional Park (CRRP) Mountain Bike Master Plan are acceptable to project stakeholders, sustainable and will enhance the environmental and cultural values of the area.”

The CRRP Mountain Bike Trails project includes the formalisation of the existing 11km long loop trail through the Park in accordance with the Environmental Impact Statement and the construction of a trailhead, jump lines, pump track and skills area in Spalding Park.

Once the mountain bike facilities are completed, Mayor Van Styn said the City would have another important tourist draw card.

“Almost 120,000 mountain bikes are purchased every year in WA and these cyclists are seeking new places to ride their bikes in ever increasing numbers,” he said.

“Our facilities will play an important role in assisting WA in becoming a world class mountain bike destination, effectively diversifying the state’s tourism industry whilst securing meaningful economic and social outcomes for our local community.”

Detailed project designs will be completed by late January with construction expected to begin in February 2018.  The estimated date of completion is before the end of the financial year.

The design and construction of the Chapman River Regional Park Mountain Bike Trails is joint funded with the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, managed by the Mid West Development Commission, contributing $235,500, Lotterywest $65,000 and the City providing $49,500 towards the delivery of the projects.

More information on the project here

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Proposed sites of mountain bike facilities in Spalding Park including jump trails, pump track, skills park and trail head.

Spalding Park Overview

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