Work finishes on £2 million cycle hub
Construction of a new £2 million cycling hub in Evesham has been completed.
Evesham Velo Park, based on the site of Evesham United FC, includes a 1km closed road circuit, a pump track, an all-ability circuit aimed at supporting cycling for disabled riders, and a cyclo-cross course with unique mogul area. There is also a learn to ride track, which includes street marking, to help children and adults build confidence while learning to ride. New football pitches have also been installed to replace ones lost by the development.
The project was part-funded by a £500,000 grant from Sport England and British Cycling with the rest coming from section 106 sports infrastructure funding. This is money provided by housing developers to provide new sports facilities in Evesham.
Evesham United will look after the day-to-day management of the facility and have supported Wychavon to deliver the project along with a steering group made up of local cycling groups and British Cycling.
A test day has already been held attended by cycling clubs from across the area who have given enthusiastic feedback. Running clubs have also expressed an interest in using the track for training.
An official opening is planned later this month for those involved with the project and after that a date will be announced for when it will open to the public.
Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: "The Velo Park is a real asset for Evesham and the district and I'm delighted work has been completed ahead of schedule. I now look forward to seeing it open to the public as soon as possible and we will be releasing more information about that in the next couple of weeks."