A new pump track will be the latest addition to Milnshaw Park, Accrington, providing opportunities for cycling at all levels and abilities in the beautiful Park setting.

Suitable companies have been invited to design a fun and exciting facility as part of a competition, following the announcement that British Cycling have awarded Hyndburn Borough Council a £37,000 grant as part of their ‘Places To Ride’ programme.

Rob Pickering, Lead Cycling Delivery Manager – Northern Region,  from British Cycling said:

“We were delighted to award this grant to help Hyndburn create a pump track in Milnshaw Park, it will be a fantastic asset for the local community. The project will encourage families to have fun whilst riding a bike and is one more step towards fulfilling our ambition to creating or improving cycling facilities in England.”

A total of £75,000 will be spent on the new facility at Milnshaw Park. In addition to the £37,000 from British Cycling, local Charity The Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, working alongside Hyndburn Borough Council, have been awarded a £30,000 grant from the Lancashire Environmental Fund. Further contribution towards the project has also been awarded from Lancashire County Council through their Connecting East Lancashireinitiative.

Cath Holmes, the chair of The Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum, said:

“Our open spaces have become particularly important over the past year.  Milnshaw Park with its range of new facilities has been very popular as have all the green spaces in Hyndburn for people’s health and well-being, this new facility is guaranteed to be a hit with local families!”

It is hoped that the new pump track will be ready in time for the summer holidays and will be a very welcome addition to the park for use by local families to participate in a variety of wheeled sports such as cycling, scooting and skateboarding.

Deputy Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Parks, Councillor Paul Cox said:

“Milnshaw Park has been a project I’ve been involved in for almost a decade since I was first elected. This pump track is another part of the improvement plan that has seen Hyndburn’s oldest public park transformed. As a member of Cycling UK I am really pleased they have chosen to invest in Hyndburn.”

“The Council is committed to improving it’s green spaces throughout Hyndburn, providing modern facilities for people to use and promoting the benefits that nature brings. The new pump track at Milnshaw Park will encourage more people in the area to incorporate cycling into their leisure time and means local families can learn new skills in a safe environment.

For information about parks and green spaces in Hyndburn please visit: https://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/parks/