Work starts on Camden's new million-dollar BMX facility

Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett

Wheels are finally in motion at the site of Camden's new BMX facility.

Construction of the new track, ramps and scoring system at Kirkham Park, Elderslie, is now under way.

The $1.6 million first stage will also include a five-metre start hill, floodlighting and landscaping.

Macarthur BMX Club president Fred Furner said the facility would be key in putting the region on the map.

"This world-class facility will really help prepare our riders for more challenging events locally and around the world," he said. "It will put the Camden area on the map for BMX riders by attracting high-calibre events and be an attractive training venue for all levels of BMX racing.

"But it will also be a fantastic recreational cycling venue for local families and will be perfect for those looking to improve their health and wellbeing."

When complete which, weather permitting, will be in February 2020, the facility will cater for club, state and national BMX events.

"On behalf of Macarthur BMX and the wider BMX community, I would like to thank Camden Council for showing faith in the sport of BMX racing," Mr Furner said.

"It is an exciting sport which is really growing.

"This facility ensures the future of the sport locally."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the facility was part of the $3.1 million Kirkham Park masterplan, adopted by council in 2018.

"Kirkham Park is an incredible recreational facility and community asset," Cr Fedeli said.

"By implementing this masterplan, this space will only get better.

"When complete, Kirkham Park will be home to three new sports fields, a new road network and so much more.

"Our community is so excited to see one of Macarthur's biggest sporting hubs created, right here in Camden.

"It's important we provide our growing community with quality facilities to stay active and healthy and I'm proud to say Kirkham Park will be truly amazing."

Future plans for further stages of the BMX facility will include an eight-metre start hill and recreational pump tracks.

Powering ahead: Kirkham Park upgrades will allow the Camden Rams to host higher levels of competition. Picture: Anj Mariner | Pacific Illustrated

Powering ahead: Kirkham Park upgrades will allow the Camden Rams to host higher levels of competition. Picture: Anj Mariner | Pacific Illustrated

The masterplan also includes two rugby league fields at Elderslie.