VIDEO: New BMX track is latest part of Olympic legacy
Dunstablians looking to be a part of this country’s Olympic legacy should look no further than Creasey Park, which has just celebrated the opening of its long-awaited BMX track.
There had been controversial delays surrounding the track’s opening, largely down to the need for a specialised gate to block larger bikes and motorcycles from entering the facility.
But Central Beds Council side-stepped the delay by ensuring the track was manned by security staff eight hours a day during the school summer holidays.
The BMX track is the latest addition to the multi-million pound sport centre that has grown in popularity since opening in November 2011.
Football teams Dunstable Town and AFC Dunstable both call Creasey Park home, along with a number of Saturday and Sunday league sides.
Taking into account the number of teams each club boasts at reserve and youth levels, and the spectators they attract, Creasey Park is used by thousands of people each week.
Speaking from the centre in Frenchs Avenue, Councillor David McVicar told the Gazette: “Here at Creasey Park we have invested something in the order of £3m into the football facilities and other associated sports facilities.
“Once we’ve completely finished it off here – which is just a matter of tidying up around the edges – the facility will be open all the time.
“The children can gain free access at any time. They bring their BMX bikes up here and have the use of this track.”
“A large proportion of the money came from the Football Association and the Football Federation so you can understand that football is the main focus here.
“But we’re also operating with the Dunstable Road Runners, we’ve got sports programmes going for youngsters in the school holidays, and the social side of things is going well because it’s open for community use as well.
“In regard to the Olympic legacy, people will always say ‘where can we go to continue that enthusiasm generated by the Olympics’ – our answer in Dunstable is ‘come to Creasey Park’.”
The centre are also looking for committee members to drive the BMX club in the right direction. Visit www.dunstable-bmx.co.uk to see how you can help.
To see the Gazette’s interview with Cllr McVicar and sport centre manager James Slack, visit www.dunstabletoday.co.uk.
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