Get on your bikes for unrivalled fun in the City of Logan these school holidays.
New cycling parks and circuits across the city cater for riders of all ages and abilities.
Whether it is mountain biking, BMX, pump tracks or learning safety skills, there’s something for everyone in environments where it is easy to practise social distancing.
City Lifestyle Chairperson Councillor Laurie Koranski said keeping children active during the school holidays was important to help develop long-term healthy living habits.
“Council has built a range of cycle paths and parks across the city that cater for all ages and abilities,” Cr Koranski said.
“Wherever you live you don’t have to travel far to enjoy one of these facilities so grab your safety helmet and get peddling for some fun and healthy outdoor activity.”
Tudor Park pump track and skills loop (83-125 Clarks Road, Loganholme):
One of the newest cycling facilities in Logan features seven different tracks for beginners through to advanced riders.
The pump track is a loop featuring rollers and berms designed so riders gain speed by using a pumping motion on their bike rather than peddling.
The six other tracks through the bushland have dirt jumps, timber rollers and a whale tail jump for advanced riders.
There are two tracks for beginners (Monarch and Heimlich), three for intermediate riders (Colony, Oogie Boogie and Jump Start) while a track called Monstro is recommended for advanced riders only. There is also a small skate bowl.
The various tracks, which are adjacent to the Tudor Park PCYC, are suitable for bicycles, skateboards, scooters and rollerblading.
“This facility is ideal for families with children of different ages and riding abilities as you can ride around most of the jumps if you are not confident to go over the top,” Division 10 Councillor Miriam Stemp said.
Doug Larsen BMX freestyle and skate park (41 Logan Street, Beenleigh):
A $3.1 million redevelopment of this popular park has delivered Australia’s premier BMX freestyle facility.
While it is expected to host future Olympic qualifying and national events, it is also hugely popular among the local BMX and skateboard community.
“Doug Larsen Park in Beenleigh has been popular among BMX riders and skateboard enthusiasts for many years and the upgrade has only enhanced its reputation, not only in Logan but around Australia,” Division 12 Councillor Karen Murphy said.
Demeio Park cycle safety circuit (124 Demeio Road, Marsden):
This exciting new cycling safety circuit teaches youngsters vital road skills with 220 metres of pathway featuring road signs, a pedestrian crossing, intersections and a roundabout.
It also features mini versions of the iconic Logan River red bridge and the Gateway Bridge.
“The cycle park provides a safe space for kids to keep active and healthy while learning basic but very important road rules,” Deputy Mayor and Division 5 Councillor Jon Raven said.
Underwood Park (982-1006 Underwood Road, Priestdale):
One of Logan’s most popular parks has BMX racing, skateboard facilities and mountain bike bush tracks.
The BMX racing track is home to the Logan City BMX Academy and is closed to the public when club activities are in progress.
The skateboard area has two bowls (a large and a mid-size), a huge flat bank, ledges and rails along with a number of ramps.
“The BMX and skateboard area is just one part of this fabulous park which also includes some of the best mountain bike trails in the area along with Funderwood Hollow, a nature play area and the new boardwalk and wildlife viewing platforms overlooking the lagoon,” Division 1 Councillor Lisa Bradley said.
Waller Park (1 Waller Road Browns Plains):
This venue, which is home to the Centenary Plains BMX club, has hosted a number of national events since an upgrade several years ago, funded by Council, the State Government and the club.
In addition to the BMX track, the park also has skate and pump track facilities.
“Waller Park is great place for young people to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some exercise during the school holidays,” Division 7 Councillor Tim Frazer said.
Other cycle facilities in Logan include: The new Slacks Creek Greenlink between Moss Street and Compton Road; mountain bike trails at Daisy Hill Conservation Park, the Scrubby Creek bike tracks from Loganlea Road to Berrinba Wetlands, the Crestmead bike and skate bowl in Gimlet Street and a small skate bowl in Teviot Downs Park in Bradman Street at New Beith.