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Valley Gardens pump track could open next winter

North Yorkshire Council says it will move forward with proposals to build a pump track for bikes in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.

Valley Gardens pump track could open next winter North Yorkshire Council says it will move forward with proposals to build a pump track for bikes in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens. In an update, the council said the new facility, which would replace the pitch and putt course, could open next winter. A pump track is a circular loop that consists of slopes and bumps and they have been described as being like a small rollercoaster for riders of bikes such as BMXs. They are designed to maximise momentum and encourage movement with minimal pedalling. [caption id="attachment_106021" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Valley Gardens pitch and putt course (Credit: LDRS)[/caption] The council took over the running of the popular park last year from Harrogate Borough Council and launched a public consultation on the potential move in November. It would transform 2,000 square metres of space that is currently used by the pitch and putt course. The council said it had received support from the public during the consultation and will move forward with them later this year. The track would be accessible all year round, unlike the golf course which closes during wet weather. It would be free-of-charge and would complement the skate park, which opened in 2011. It’s expected the pump track would cost around £2,000 to install by its in-house parks team. North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director of environment, Karl Battersby, said:

“We carried out a consultation exercise towards the end of last year to ask people for their thoughts on the potential to replace the existing nine-hole pitch and putt golf course in the Valley Gardens with a beginners’ pump track. “We are grateful for the helpful feedback and the support for the project from the public. "The intention is that once the summer season is over, we will be taking the project forward and looking to have it in place over the winter.”
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