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The Mountain Bike Skills Park, for riders of all levels and abilities, will be officially opened this Saturday (December 2).

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the park, located at Port Douglas Sports Complex, would be a game changer for the sport.

“Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing adventure tourism opportunities in the country and Douglas is joining with other regional councils to develop a mountain biking strategy to encourage the growth of the sport,” he said.

“The Mountain Bike Skills Park is another significant way Council can support the sport, improve the liveability of the shire and provide another leisure activity for our residents and visitors.”

The park is the vision of the Rainforest & Reef Cycling Club.

President Rod Johnson said the “club is so excited to get this project running after nearly ten years of planning, raising funds and design work”.

“It’s a real example of our local community’s small businesses, passionate cyclists, Council and volunteers donating resources, funds, materials and know-how to make this facility a reality for the shire’s kids and mountain bikers to enjoy.”

The community is encouraged to attend the official opening on Saturday (9am to 11am).

There will be a jumps display, a skills session for children with ex-international MTB competitor Steven Rankin, a visit from Wildlife Habitat, sausage sizzle and refreshments.

The skills park is located behind the Community Hall on Mowbray Street. BYO helmet and bike!


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