Dunedin BMX Club has received a $18,000 boost towards upgrading its track and facilities at Forrester Park.
The club received the donation from the Otago Community Trust, as part of the trust’s $7.5million investment into the Otago community over the past year.
In total, the club has received $100,000 from grants and its fundraising efforts to redevelop the track, safety features and facilities.
Club funding officer Alena Wafer said the grant would be used to asphalt the “community ramp” and a berm.
The community ramp is a smaller, lower ramp than the current 5m ramp, which is designed for skilled riders and was installed at the end of last year.
Wafer said the community ramp was created for members of the public who did not want to ride on the bigger ramp but still wanted to use the track.
The berm corners are prone to slumping and require a lot of maintenance, so most modern tracks have them sealed.
One of the track’s berms is already sealed and the club hopes to seal the third and final one in the next stage of its redevelopment.
The club has also recently installed a “pro straight”, next to a regular straight on the track, for more experienced riders.
Elite riders had visited the track and given their feedback on the straight before it was formalised, she said.
Once asphalt was laid, Dunedin BMX Club would be the only club south of Christchurch to have a pro straight and two asphalted berms, she said.
Wafer said riders would be more prepared when they went away to competitions, as they would be experienced riding on asphalted berms.
“They have got that advantage of being able to ride it down here.”
The next stage of the redevelopment would involve installing power and permanent toilets in time for the 2019 South Island BMX Championships.
At present, the club uses a generator to get power at the track.
Power and toilets were part of the criteria the club must meet in order to host the South Island event.
“That was a big push for us.
“Because of the work we have done we were awarded that event.”
Committee members had spent a “countless” amount of hours working on the track to ensure it would meet the standard required.
“They have really put a lot of work in.
“People have volunteered their time, equipment and expertise.”