December 13, 2020 - January 16, 2021: Issue 478


Bare Creek Bike Park Opens in Belrose

On Thursday December 10th the NSW Government announced a new, six-hectare bike park at Belrose is open and ready for northern beaches residents and Australia’s mountain biking community to enjoy.

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, said the $2 million Bare Creek Bike Park, created from a rehabilitated and transformed portion of the former Belrose Waste Management landfill site, was a world-class facility catering for riders of all levels.

“The completion of this project is welcome news for local residents, and community and mountain biking representatives who have worked with us for many years to achieve this transformation,” Mr O’Dea said.

“It took three years and 80,000 cubic metres of sandstone to rehabilitate this former tip site and create a world-class mountain bike park that is not only a boon for residents but will attract professional riders from across the country.

“This has been a combined effort the community and government should be proud of and we invite residents and visitors to come and test out the bike and walking trails and enjoy these new open spaces.”

The park features nine downhill bike trails, skills and dirt jump areas, a pump track, walking trails, a dedicated access road, as well as amenities and onsite parking.

After almost 50 years of landfill activity, the Belrose Waste Management Centre ceased operations in late 2014.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said following extensive community consultation the Environmental Service Group, part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, worked in close partnership with Northern Beaches Council, Dirt Art Pty Ltd and Trail Care to deliver the bike park.

“This project is another example of the NSW Government delivering quality public spaces and community infrastructure through the adaptive reuse of surplus and underutilised land,” Mr Stokes said.

“Public spaces play a vital role in bolstering our wellbeing and our local businesses and we will continue to deliver usable public spaces our communities can enjoy.”

The Government is also contributing a further $1.5 million for ongoing maintenance of the bike park with the transfer of custodianship to Northern Beaches Council.

Northern Beaches Mayor, Michael Regan, said: “We are so pleased to offer the community this once-in-a-lifetime recreational facility.

“It’s been a wonderful collaboration between Northern Beaches Council, the NSW Government, local mountain biking advocacy and consultancy group, Trail Care, and acclaimed mountain bike trail builder, Dirt Art.

“No matter what skill level you’re at, there is something to suit all levels. Come and check it out.” Mayor Regan said.

Size and facilities

  • Six hectares
  • Nine downhill tracks ranging from beginners to advanced/expert and a return climbing trail
  • Dedicated skills dirt jump pad
  • Pump track
  • Perimeter walking trail and viewing platforms
  • Dedicated access road, amenities and onsite parking.

Photos by Wesley Lonergan