I love stumbling across features in school grounds which make me drool. The dirt bike track at Muirfield Primary School in Aberdeen is one of them. It is cool…
The community appear to think so too. In the past, most developments in the grounds have been vandalised. But not this bike track.
As well as developing an active interest in cycling in school, the local community can use it outwith school hours. Any child can come along with their bike. The rules are explained below:
The school has also made a cycling a really interesting activity. Staff and children have received training. Now, many children are so proficient that their ability has outstripped this bike track and the school is seeking off-site biking opportunities.
Muirfield Primary also has a fleet of bikes which children can use during school time. So no bike = no problem.
If you look in the distance, you can see willow structures and some playground equipment. The knock on effect has been much less vandalism elsewhere in the school grounds.
What features do you love about your school grounds? I’d really like to know…
Finally… a wee reminder that you do need permission from your landowner or local authority to make changes like this. Also once put in place, a maintenance plan needs to be created and followed to ensure that such features are continuously cared for.