A huge BMX racetrack is planned for a sportsfield in Cardiff.
The capital could get a “national standard” track on land in Llanrumney if plans proposed by Cardiff BMX Racing Club and Welsh Cycling are approved.
It would see 400m track will be built on a roughly three-acre field at Riverside Park.
The field sits alongside the Rumney Trail, near Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Eirwg, and is currently used as a sports field and open space for the public.
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The track would allow Cardiff BMX Racing Club to hold two weekly club sessions, while Welsh Cycling will provide 15 to 20 sessions there each year.
According to planning documents, it will be the first national standard facility in Cardiff.
“There are no national standard facilities in Cardiff with the only facilities of note being at the Maindy Centre – unfortunately, these facilities only have a very small pump-track and are, therefore, not suitable for BMX Racing,” they add.
They also claim that there is “increasing demand for this sporting activity”, which means that “the requirement for a facility of this kind in Cardiff is evident”.
There is a car park next to the site of the proposed track, which can be accessed by a side road off of the junction of Hartland Road and Mendip Road, but the developers say that “most members will access and egress the site by bike.”
The planning documents also say that the development will only impact a “small proportion” of green space in the park.
“The local community will continue to benefit from the recreational open space available within the wider park settings as well as the nearby provision of open space found at Parc Coed y Cwar, Fishpond Wood, Rhymney Hill Gardens, the Howardian Local Nature Reserve and Rumney Hill Gardens,” the documents say.
Riverside Park currently has a number of football, rugby and lacrosse pitches, and is home to Rumney RFC.
Councillor Keith Jones, who represents the ward of Llanrumney, said: “The Cardiff BMX Racing Club’s plan to develop a facility in Llanrumney, at Riverside Park, that is capable of housing youth development, regional and national standard BMX racing is one that will thrill all those who know of Llanrumney’s storied sporting history.
“As a Llanrumney boy myself I know, now serving as a Llanrumney Labour councillor, that is it vital we offer constructive opportunities for Llanrumney’s children. The proposed facility will not only benefit them but the entirety of our capital city.
“The Cardiff club BMX Racing Club are an enthusiastic club that is going places. That they seek to call Llanrumney home fills us with excitement and pride.
“Pre-planning consultation has begun before a formal planning application is submitted. Llanrumney, famed for its baseball teams, is fast becoming associated with youth and sporting excellence again.
“A national standard BMX racetrack sitting alongside the proposed Cardiff City Youth Academy and new outdoor sports complex offers Llanrumney an exciting future for its residents and their children.”
Residents are being consulted on the plans, and consultation will be open until Wednesday April 28.