Wheels in motion for Wotton BMX track

The Wotton Community PARC is moving ever closer to having a new BMX track built for use by the local community.

The new track will feature an original layout designed to challenge both beginners and more advanced riders and will sit alongside the popular skate park at the New Road site. The Wotton Community Sports Foundation has been actively fundraising to develop the new track this year. Thanks to generous donations from events including this summer’s Party in The PARC, the Wotton Secret Garden Trail and organisations such as HOTS and Renishaw it has now almost reached its target.

Sarah Watt from the Wotton Community Sports Foundation commented: “Thanks to the incredible generosity, time and effort of local individuals and organisations we are well on our way to our goal to fund the new BMX track. Are you a local organisation that may be able to help with the final parts of the funding plan? If so, we would love to hear from you. We are keen to have the new BMX facilities ready for everyone to use next summer at the PARC.”

The existing skate facilities have been connected to a safe footpath all the way from Wotton to the PARC providing a secure route for visitors to follow avoiding traffic on the main road. This will also provide access to the new BMX track next year.

Rose goes the extra 26 miles for the Wotton Community PARC

A Wotton-Under-Edge resident has individually raised over £1,200 to support the development of the Wotton Community PARC site at New Road.

Rose Stephenson ran the 2017 London Marathon to raise funds for the Wotton Community Sports Foundation (WCSF) which has so far developed two all weather pitches, a skate park and a grass rugby pitch at the site. Rose’s marathon effort will contribute to the Foundation’s plans for the coming year which include the creation of a BMX track and ensuring that all of the current facilities are kept up-to-date and well maintained.

Beyond raising funds for the Foundation Rose has also been instrumental in getting hundreds of local residents out and running every Saturday morning at the Wotton parkrun. She was one of the founding members of the event which is held at 9am every Saturday morning at the New Road site and offers local runners the opportunity to complete a timed 5k course. It is one of 450 parkrun locations across the UK.

When asked why she was so keen to support the WCSF Rose responded: “I began running a year ago and it has helped me and so many others to feel good, encourage a positive self-image and believe that we can achieve our goals. The Sports Foundation is helping to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise and improve their physical and mental health too. I believe that having access to facilities such as those at New Road is so important to give people the opportunity to make positive choices about their lifestyle and enjoy sport with their friends and families.”

Barnaby Beere, Chairman of WCSF, also commented: “The development of the site at New Road is reliant on the support of the local community, grants and inspiring individuals such as Rose. The sponsorship that she has helped to raise will help to ensure that we can provide sports and recreation facilities for both young and old residents of Wotton for many years to come. Thank you Rose for your dedication, support and for all of those marathon miles.”