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Skatepark users in Bury St. Edmunds wanted to expand facilities at their Suffolk skatepark by building a brand new pump track for BMX bikers.

Bury Skatepark Experience, a group of youngsters and skating enthusiasts, were successful with an application to the Big Lottery Fund Changing Spaces programme to help fund a new BMX track.

Bury Skatepark Experience began life officially in 2009 and regular skating users aged 10-25 formed a committee to draw up original designs for a new pump track and began fundraising. You can find their Facebook page here.

The funding initiative, with the support of St. Edmunds Borough Council, had begun a year before the pump track building started.

The original skatepark has served the local young people well, seeing more than 10 years of skateboard action, but a significant upgrade was in order.

The pump track development in Olding Road, Bury St Edmunds was carried out by Clark & Kent Contractors and saw the installation of a brand new BMX track, plus lights, planting, bins and benches.

The new track was built alongside the popular skatepark and now forms part of the comprehensive complex.

Council Youth & Community Development Officer Simon Pickering said: "Clark and Kent Contractors took the youngster's ideas for the track and developed a track which has been described by young people and the older BMX community as amazing."

The pump track building work carried out by Clark & Ken was, started in April 2011 and was completed a few weeks later right on schedule.

The skatepark, featuring a range of challenging ramps and a street course, is one of three council-managed skateparks in the area. Others can be found at Haverhill and Newmarket.

The new pump track is a tight-knit figure-of-eight-style track that in not only fun to ride but challenges all levels of BMX bike riding ability.

Local bikers Jan 'n' Jamie posted this review about the innovative pump track build by Clark & Kent on the Hardcore Hobbies website here.

"Real good vibes at our local park right now, all thanks to Council involvement and a group of park users taking action to find funding and push this project forward. Expect more improvements to the site in the coming weeks, months and years. Oh and one more MASSIVE shout out to Clark & Kent contractors, seriously couldn't of made a better facility with the space provided, proper grafters, we're talking dawn 'till dusk shifts (and loving every second of it too!)"

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