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Work Starts on MTB Trails in Belfast


OutdoorNI.com and our sister facebook site MountainBikeNI are delighted to announce that construction work has now started on 12km of sustainable cross-country mountain bike trails between Mary Peter's Track and Barnett Demesne in Belfast.

This trails development, which also includes a purpose-built jumps park, is part of the Citywide Investment Programme and Belfast City Council have employed Euro Services Contracts Ltd as contractors for the build under the watchful eye of Dafydd Davis MBE.

This team of experts is set to have a busy winter ahead, currently also constructing over 50km of sustainable mountain bike trails in the Mourne Mountains.

Councillor Gerard McCabe, Chairman of Belfast City Council's Parks and Leisure Committee said: “The aim of the £400,000 project, a partnership between Belfast City Council and Outdoor Recreation NI, with funding assistance from Sport NI and Rural Development Programme, is to create an outstanding recreational facility for local and national mountain bikers.

“Approximately 600,000 walkers and cyclists use this recreational hub every year, and in the past, there have been issues with unauthorised trails and jumps being established on the land.

“In creating this purpose built facility we are responding to user demand and to health and safety concerns for all groups using the park. Certain areas of the park and land between Barnett’s Demesne and Mary Peter’s Track will be off limits during the work which is expected to last until next spring.”

The central location of these mountain bike trails makes this development unique and one which has been eagerly anticipated by the entire mountain biking community. 

These trails are due to open early Summer 2013 and you can keep up to speed with how work is progressing on the MountainBikeNI Facebook Page.

Another important step towards realising Northern Ireland's potential as a World Class Mountain Biking Destination!

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