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Consultation begins for new family-friendly wheeled sports facility in Bishop's Stortford park Sworder's Field

A family-friendly facility for wheeled sports in Sworder’s Field is being planned by Bishop’s Stortford Town Council.

The council has launched a design consultation to shape the £150,000 project, which is in addition to £2m proposals to revamp Castle Park.

BSTC hopes the track will be “an exciting new area” for BMX riders, WMX wheelchair users, mountain bikers, skateboarders and scooters which will be ready for use by spring 2021.

Visualisation for Sworder's Field (37247024)
Visualisation for Sworder's Field (37247024)

Originally, it planned a pump track, which is a continuous loop of dirt berms and rollers (smooth dirt mounds) that are ridden without pedalling, but after advice that that could be restrictive because it appeals primarily to racers, the council has opted to create an alternative with a focus on families that could attract a greater audience.

A spokeswoman said: “The track will be a designated space that young people can identify with. It is hoped that by liaising with Youth Connexions and others, young people will be engaged with the design of this improved space.

“This will ensure the facilities that are provided for young people are what they want and that they will take pride and feel ownership of the end product.

Sworder's Field
Sworder's Field

“Bishop’s Stortford Town Council have been working closely with the awarded contractor, Velosolutions, and would now like to invite interested parties to participate in the consultation phase of this mixed-use facility for wheeled sports.”

The council has already secured planning permission from East Herts Council to build a track on a 400 sq m (4,305 sq ft) site in the north-east of Sworder's Field, in a currently overgrown area between Link Road car park and the skate park.

To learn more about the proposals from Velosolutions and to keep up to date with the project, email tracey.gaynor@bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk and title your message 'Sworder’s Field WSA Design Consultation'.

Because of Covid-19, the council is carrying out the consultation online only until July 22. Further information can also be found at www.bishopsstortfordtc.gov.uk/castle-park-project.

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