New ATV Skills Zone, 1 km Loop Recreational Trail and Learn to Ride Zone for Bedworth Park
A new Â£ 300,000 MTB skills zone, 1km recreation track and ‘learn to ride’ area are expected to be created in the larger Bedworth Park.
They are part of what has been dubbed the ‘Bedworth Cycle Hub’ which is expected to bring brand new cycling facilities for all ages to Miners Welfare Park.
According to a report from the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, the Bedworth Cycle Hub project will be completed in two phases, the first to be opened next year.
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To meet Sport England grant conditions, the first phase of the program must be ready and open for use by March 2022.
In a first phase, there will be the creation of Mountain Bike Trails, a specific mountain biking area and a 1 km rock-to-dust leisure loop.
Next, phase two will bring a âlearn to drive zoneâ, four-wheel drive park and pump track alongside the development of the new Bedworth physical activity center.
The report states that the total cost of the project is Â£ 308,550 and Sport England has provided a grant of Â£ 154,275 for this purpose.
It is understood that the borough council will finance the remainder up to the level using the existing provision in the capital budget for recreation.
Wider leisure plans
The changes to the park are part of the larger plan of the Bedworth Physical Activity Hub.
The replacement of Bedworth Leisure Center is included in the business hub plan and is the top priority of the council’s Â£ 51million plans to change the face of leisure provision in both towns.
The big plans, totaling Â£ 51million, are to rebuild Bedworth and the Pingles recreation centers in Nuneaton into physical activity centers with new swimming pools and other facilities.
Much of the funding will come from developers as they build new homes in the borough, under what are known as section 106 agreements.
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According to the latest tentative plans, construction engineers are expected to be on site by June 2022 and the project is expected to be completed by October 2023.
This is in view of the opening of the new look center by February 2024.
It is at a much more advanced stage than the Pingles Leisure Center project – which will see a new center built alongside the current one and also benefit from new facilities.