As you may or may not be aware the Toowoomba Regional council has recently made a pocket of land available to the community for the building of a dirt jump/skills building area. This whole project has been the result of a petition and continued eagerness from the riding public. We are overwhelmed by the support of the TRC in allowing the use of the land and the generous funding of the project. However, this funding only stretches so far, and the kicking off of the project has revealed the scale and ambitious nature of what is happening on the site.
With any project the initial foundations and general layout will affect the overall outcome and its future viability. The site has many things going for it. It is situated in a small pocket of bush land on Stenner Street and is neighboured by Griinke Drive Park. Accessibility is excellent and the site offers shade and the opportunity of incorporation into the park which includes a playground, giving it the potential to be a whole family destination.
Trailworx have been awarded the contract to build the jump lines, with their proposed design being the clear favourite when put to a vote. TRC have provided $35000 of funding to get the ball rolling, but we can be under no illusion that this will get the job done to the standard that will do its potential justice. Council has approved the use of as much volunteer labour as can be supplied by willing community members, which will be sorely needed. If you can donate time to the project, please do so, as many hands make light work and sweet jumps. If you can donate money as well as, or in lieu of time, then it will see the project reach a nicely finished state.
Inspection of the site will show you just how much material needs to be moved to build the four proposed lines, green, blue, black and double black. Clean up of the site involved two machines operating for a full week, its obviously not cheap to keep machines running for weeks on end and every bit of money that gets eaten up obviously takes away from the finished product. Your donations will help to keep the machines running longer (which means more material moved and more epic lines) along with allowing for the purchase of finishing and maintenance materials such as mulch, watering equipment and covers for the double black jumps.
This site will appeal to no single bike discipline. It really is a wider community project that, when completed, could be enjoyed by mums and dads with their young children, mountain bikers looking to build their trail/jump skills, dirt BMX riders looking for a dirt jump fix or even as an alternative training area for BMX racers. It will include easy climbing lines to get to the start mounds, especially the snaking climb to the green and blue trails. The green and blue lines will include berms and easier table top jumps. The black line will be more aggressive/longer table tops and the double black line will include large size gap doubles.
The general consensus among those that visit the site is that they "can't believe that Toowoomba will be home to such an awesome jump park!" Get yourself down to Stenner Street Dirt Jumps (Stenner Street, next door to Griinke Drive Park, just down from MacKenzie Street) and lend a hand whenever possible. Please help with donations, if at all possible, to help this new riding destination reach its full potential. Funds raised by this campaign will go to the Toowoomba Mountain Bike Club (which I am a member of), and a Dirt Jump Maintenance Committee will be established to decide how best to use the money as well as being responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the jumps. Time is of the essence here as TRC has stipulated May 2018 as a finish deadline. 100% of funds raised will be donated directly to the project and every little bit will make it that bit more awesome! We will also endeavour to install a plaque with the names of all donators listed so that your kudos will be everlasting!
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