New Zealand’s first international standard BMX track was launched on November 6 as part of the new North Harbour BMX facility in Albany.
The $4.5m facility opened at Hooton Reserve where the North Harbour BMX Club has been relocated.
The Transport Agency joined Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and councillors, local board members, mana whenua and North Harbour BMX members to celebrate the opening.
A group of elite riders turned out to ride the new complex which boasts an amateur track featuring a 5m ramp and a pro track with an 8m ramp and berm jump.
A unique coating was applied to the track creating an all-weather surface. Flood lighting and a new PA system have also been installed.
The new facility will benefit local youth and sits next to a popular skate park and basketball court near the QBE Stadium.
The facility is part of the Northern Corridor Improvements project which includes a motorway connection between SH1 and SH18, opening up access to the Western Ring Route and travel to the airport. North Harbour Hockey and Rosedale Pony Club are also moving to new facilities to enable construction of the new motorway alignment.