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Help us design your new bike trail at Yarrunga Reserve

Published on 11 November 2021
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  • Advocacy
  • Children and young people
  • Community
  • Have your say
  • Leisure activities
  • Parks and recreation
BMX bike rider doing a jump

Council is a step closer to establishing a new bike jumps course and facilities at Yarrunga Reserve at Croydon Hills, with bike enthusiasts and the community now being invited to provide further input into the design.

After an initial round of community input, Council has released a draft concept plan for Yarrunga Reserve that includes a new mountain bike/BMX facility and additional improvements to the reserve.

You can share your thoughts on the proposed mountain bike and BMX trail concepts or upload an image of your own ideas for Yarrunga Reserve through the Your Say Maroondah website portal. Consultation closes 5pm on Monday 29 November 2021.

Our project team, trail designer and local riders will also be on-site to workshop ideas during sessions to be held in November.

Councillor for Yarrunga Ward Rob Steane said Council was excited to be working with the community to create a mountain bike and BMX facility that would carefully balance the needs of users and interests of the wider community, while protecting the area’s native flora and fauna.

“Our concept plan for a new mountain bike and BMX trail is an example of what is possible, and we welcome your feedback and thoughts on what our designer team have come up with. Most importantly, we need your track designs, experience and insights, keeping in mind that the trail needs to cater for beginners and intermediate bike users. These can be simple sketch drawings, images of elements you would like to see or photos of other jumps and trails you like to visit,” Cr Steane said.

“We also welcome the input and ideas of advanced bike users as our aim will be to create a trail that appeals to a wide range of riding styles and abilities,” he said.

In June 2020, Council consulted the community to understand the demand for a new mountain bike/BMX facility at Yarrunga Reserve. Of the 147 survey responses received, 91 per cent were in favour of bike facilities at the reserve. View the full 2020 survey results.

“Your feedback has helped guide us on the style of the track, the track surface, your preferred elements and jumps, and what additional features need to be added to the surrounding area. The footprint of the trail will be about the size of two full tennis courts, so this is your opportunity to be creative with elements you’d like to see incorporated into the final design,” Cr Steane said.

In addition to the proposed mountain bike/BMX facility, additional improvement works will also be undertaken at Yarrunga Reserve. These include:

  • Waterway improvement works
  • Removal of illegally constructed bike jumps and revegetation to damaged areas
  • Reconstruction of existing tennis courts and bridge
  • Pathway and vegetation enhancement

How to get involved

To view current concept images, provide feedback or upload your designs, visit the Maroondah Your Say website, where you can also view our 3D fly-through and artists impressions.

We’ve also listed the location and dates of when we’ll be down at Yarrunga Reserve to discuss the plans in person. See Meet our team on-site and workshop ideas dates.

You can also mail or email us your feedback by 5pm, Monday 29 November 2021.

Further information

For more details on the improvements to Yarrunga Reserve or the proposed mountain bike/BMX facility, please call our Assets team on 9298 4598 or 1300 88 22 33.

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