New pump track hot on heels of reopened play area

Last Updated: 6 August 2021

The company that built the London 2012 Olympics BMX track has started work on an exciting new cycle track at a South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) play area.

The £50,000 pump track project – designed to appeal to cyclists of all ages – follows hot on the heels of the recent refurbishment of the council’s playground at Queen’s Park, Windermere.

The new-look play area reopened in mid-July just in time for the summer holidays and has been greeted enthusiastically by families making the most of the recent sunny weather.

Toddler zone at the new-look Queen's Park play area

Toddler zone at the new-look Queen's Park play area

The £120,000 overhaul of the playground marks stage 1 of the project to revitalise Queen’s Park, known to generations of locals as “The Rec”. It was made possible thanks to years of fundraising by the Windermere Park For All community group and SLDC officers, which resulted in donations from SLDC; the National Lottery Community Fund; Windermere and Bowness Town Council; Cumbria County Council; Windermere, Ambleside and District Round Table; district councillors; the Frieda Scott Charitable Trust; Impact Housing; the Hadfield Trust; South Lakes Housing; the Bryan Lancaster Trust; Gateway Group; Lakeland; the Lake District Communities Fund; and local fundraising activities.

Stage 2 is now under way, with the new bike pump track being constructed by Clark & Kent Contractors, who created London’s Olympics BMX track.

Polly Straker, SLDC Locality Officer, said: “Hopefully the pump track will take around three to four weeks to complete. This has been achieved by the hard work of Windermere Park For All community group. It’s been great working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group on the project.

“We received a British Cycling award from their Places to Ride capital grants programme for £25,000 and £20,000 from Sam’s Fund (English Lakes Hotels), £3,000 from the Dulverton Trust and £2,000 from the Holehird Trust to reach the goal of £50,000.

“The track will be suitable for all levels of ability and all ages. We are hoping to have an opening event where the team from Clark & Kent, who are installing the track, will demo their skills and give advice.”

The undulating circuit of rollers, hills and camel humps has been designed to appeal to riders of any age and ability, not just teens on BMXs, as cyclists “pump” their bikes along using up-and-down body movements rather than pedalling or pushing.

Local mum Amy Thompson, publicity officer for Windermere Park For All, said: “The new pump track will be a great addition to the park, providing a dedicated space for families and local people of all ages and abilities to have fun, spend time together and enjoy riding a bike.”

Andy Farr, Head of Business Planning and Transformation at British Cycling, said: “Windermere Parks for All and SLDC are doing great work to get more people cycling in Windermere so we are pleased to support their efforts to bring the community together on the new pump track at Queen’s Park through Places to Ride.”

Once the pump track is complete, Windermere Park For All plans to embark on another round of fundraising for phase 3 - revamping the skate park at Queen’s Park.

If anyone would like to donate or help with future fundraising, please contact Amy Thompson via the group’s website or visit the Facebook page Windermere Park For All.