An international-standard cycling track will be built in Brisbane to help encourage young riders into the sport ahead of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner today revealed Council will join the State and Federal governments in delivering the $35 million Murarrie Recreation Reserve International Cycle Park which shapes as an important training venue before the Games.
The 2022-23 Budget includes Council’s first $16.1 million to set the wheels in motion for the massive redevelopment of the reserve, which will include a 500-metre speed skating track and stunning multi-purpose clubhouse as well as the new cycling track.
The proposed future stages including a learn-to-ride facility, BMX track, special track lighting and public amenities such as picnic shelters, barbecues and a dog off-leash area.
“In just over a decades’ time, Brisbane’s Olympic and Paralympic destiny will arrive with the Games to be held right here in our home city,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The investments we make today in sports infrastructure will pay dividends during the Games because local athletes will have world-class facilities, like this cycling track, to learn and train on at home.
“This fantastic facility will also be a drawcard for Brisbane into the future with cycling groups certain to be attracted by the prospect of holding their event in a future Olympic city that is also the fastest growing capital in the country.”
Cr Schrinner said the Murarrie Recreation Reserve had long been home to Brisbane’s grassroots cycling events and Council had consulted with AusCycling, local cycling and speed skating clubs as well as the community.
“In addition to the new Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) standard cycling track, the first stage of the project will include a new 500-metre speed skating track, a multi-purpose clubhouse, accessible walkways and ramps, and tree plantings,” he said.
“We sought community feedback on a preliminary draft precinct plan in mid-2019, which informed the plan to transform this area into a premier sport and recreation destination, offering a range of recreation opportunities for the whole community.
“As a city known for its outdoor lifestyle, this upgrade is all part of how we’re making life in Brisbane even better.”
This upgrade is planned to be delivered by 2024, allowing years of Brisbane-based training for our future Olympians and Paralympians.