BMX park back in action
About 40 riders turn out for reopeningAL WILLIAMS
Timaru's BMX freestyle jump park reopened on the weekend with riders from Christchurch and Dunedin joining in on the action.
Michael Parsons, who helped build the park in 2006, led the charge to get it repaired after a lack of regular maintenance left riders struggling to keep it in good condition.
The track had been neglected and weather-damaged as volunteers struggled to keep up with the work or moved on.
Timaru District Council parks and recreation manager Bill Steans earlier told The Herald there were safety concerns with some riders reinventing the jumps.
Some of the jumps were at wrong angles and holes had started to appear.
Mr Parsons said about 40 riders turned out for the reopening on Saturday. He said plans were in place to keep the park looking good, with a team of volunteers looking at an annual clean up.
''Everything is voluntary; it's not unusual for us to spend up to two hours a night patching the park up.''
The Centennial Park facility was designed by Queenstown's Nathan Greenwood.
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