AN OLYMPIAN is set to give a demonstration at the official opening of a cycle track in a Lake District town today.

Kyle Evans will go for a spin on the £50,000 pump track at Queen's Park in Windermere, and there will be a raffle and other entertainment.

The visit of Evans, who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and is a former BMX European champion, will mark the formal opening of the undulating circuit, which has been in use since September.

Windermere councillor Andrew Jarvis said the facility had already proved 'immensely popular'.

"I think it's great," said Cllr Jarvis, deputy leader of South Lakeland District Council.

"What we have got there is a facility maybe for the older kids.

"It's got children and teenagers out into the open air, they are getting exercise and it's in the middle of town - where most of the families live - so it's a great addition for residents.

"I'm no BMX cyclist but, apparently, it's one of the best in the country.

"It's designed by the same people who did the Olympic track [for the BMX competitions at London 2012]."

The pump track marked the second part of an extensive revamp at Queen's Park.

The first phase saw a £120,000 refurbishment of the playground, which reopened in July, carried out.

The pump track was then developed by Clark & Kent Contractors.

Phase three of the project would see the skate park at the site undergo a revamp.

The works have been made possible by years of fundraising by community group Windermere Park For All and district council officers. Donations have been provided by various groups and organisations, including the county council and South Lakes Housing.

Today's celebrations get under way at 10am and are scheduled to last until 1pm, with the ribbon-cutting taking place at 10.15am. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone wishing to donate or help with future fundraising is asked to contact Amy Thompson via or to visit the 'Windermere Park For All' page on Facebook.