Inner-Melbourne’s only mountain bike trail was launched in spectacular style on Saturday.
First hatched as an idea in 2016, the 1400 metres of track comprising the Quarry Park Mountain Bike Trails have been designed by trail experts Dirt Art.
The state government chipped in $100,000 towards the build while Maribyrnong council spent $440,000 bringing the project to completion over the past 12 months.
Community group BikeWest has secured a community grant from the council to buy bike trailers to help schools transport students and bikes to and from the site.
Maribyrnong mayor Martin Zakharov said the council had identified cycling as one of the most popular recreation activities in Maribyrnong, however there were limited options for off-road cycling.
“We couldn’t be happier to now have this new mountain bike trail and we are excited to be able to open it officially for the whole community to enjoy,” he said.
The Quarry Park Mountain Bike Trails are the only downhill mountain bike trails between Lysterfield Park in the far eastern suburbs and Geelong.
They were officially launched on Saturday with a free community event featuring riding demonstrations.