12 May 2017
Mountain bike riders can put their skills to the test after a new area at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve was officially opened today.
Sport and recreation spokesman Councillor David Morrison said having a three-in-one jump, pump and skills area was unique.
“This is the latest addition to Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve and was built by Dirt Art, which has national and international experience in building trails,” Cr Morrison said.
“Having the combination of a pump track, two jump lines and a challenging skills line in the one spot is unlike anything else in the region.
“It complements the existing 15km of mountain bike and hiking trails which have already proven to be extremely popular with residents from Ipswich and beyond.”
Division 4 Councillor Kylie Stoneman said Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve had cemented itself as one of South East Queensland’s premier spots for mountain bike enthusiasts.
“Mountain biking is one of Australia’s fastest growing sport and recreation activities, with the demand for high quality facilities ever increasing,” Cr Stoneman said.
“This new jump, pump and skills area takes the great facilities we already had on offer at Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve to the next level.
“I fully expect it will be a significant drawcard for mountain bike riders across the South East.”
Mountain bike rider of 15 years, Matt Trelour of Raceview, was the first to give the new area a try on Friday.
“It’s fantastic and will definitely attract a lot of interest from riders because it is challenging, has good variety and caters for a range of different skill sets,” Mr Trelour said.
Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve has previously won a Qld Outdoor Recreation Federation award and received a highly commended in the Parks and Leisure Australia Qld awards.
Castle Hill Blackstone Reserve is at Mary Street, Blackstone.