Manning Park Mountain Bike Trail

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View the Concept Plan for the Manning Park Mountain Bike Trail Network

Background

Manning Park is a popular destination for people of all ages and interests. In 2017, with the help of the community, the City developed the Manning Park Master Plan - a guide for how we enhance the park's amenity, while protecting its environmental values.

One of the recommendations of the Master Plan and a key priority for the community was to have a network of well-designed and sanctioned mountain bike trails (these would largely follow trails that already exist). A planned network would help to:

  • improve safety for walkers and runners (walkable limestone trails throughout the park will remain)
  • reduce conflict with other park users
  • minimise further environmental harm being caused by unauthorised trail construction
  • allow for revegetation and rehabiliation of some unsanctioned trails

The City engaged consultants, Common Ground, to undertake extensive consultation with mountain bikers and the community and develop a draft concept plan.The plan is only a concept and is subject to feedback from the community. Please note further detailed design and consultation would be required.

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As the first Urban Mountain Bike development proposed in Western Australia, the survey attracted a large response, with 765 respondents, 39% being residents of the City of Cockburn. 99% of respondents think Perth needs Urban Mountain Bike trails and 96.4% of riders or family members use mountain bike trails in the Perth area. 96% of respondents thought Urban mountain bike trails should be developed in Manning Park. Four per cent did not support, or were unsure if they supported, formalised trails in Manning Park. The top two barriers to riding identified by respondents were lack of trails within close proximity and lack of good and new trails. View a summary of results here.

What's next?

Common Ground have completed the draft Concept Plan for the Manning Park Mountain Bike Trail network. View the draft Plan and if you like it or if you think there is something that could be improved, please let us know.

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Comments close 2 July 2020.

Comment period extended to 17 July 2020.

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Drop by Manning Park (near the main playground and car park, opposite the Azelia Ley homestead) any time between 4.30pm - 5.30pm on Wednesday 24 June 2020


Drop by Memorial Hall, any time between 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday 13 July 2020
*Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions the venue has limited capacity.
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View the Concept Plan for the Manning Park Mountain Bike Trail Network

Background

Manning Park is a popular destination for people of all ages and interests. In 2017, with the help of the community, the City developed the Manning Park Master Plan - a guide for how we enhance the park's amenity, while protecting its environmental values.

One of the recommendations of the Master Plan and a key priority for the community was to have a network of well-designed and sanctioned mountain bike trails (these would largely follow trails that already exist). A planned network would help to:

  • improve safety for walkers and runners (walkable limestone trails throughout the park will remain)
  • reduce conflict with other park users
  • minimise further environmental harm being caused by unauthorised trail construction
  • allow for revegetation and rehabiliation of some unsanctioned trails

The City engaged consultants, Common Ground, to undertake extensive consultation with mountain bikers and the community and develop a draft concept plan.The plan is only a concept and is subject to feedback from the community. Please note further detailed design and consultation would be required.

You said

As the first Urban Mountain Bike development proposed in Western Australia, the survey attracted a large response, with 765 respondents, 39% being residents of the City of Cockburn. 99% of respondents think Perth needs Urban Mountain Bike trails and 96.4% of riders or family members use mountain bike trails in the Perth area. 96% of respondents thought Urban mountain bike trails should be developed in Manning Park. Four per cent did not support, or were unsure if they supported, formalised trails in Manning Park. The top two barriers to riding identified by respondents were lack of trails within close proximity and lack of good and new trails. View a summary of results here.

What's next?

Common Ground have completed the draft Concept Plan for the Manning Park Mountain Bike Trail network. View the draft Plan and if you like it or if you think there is something that could be improved, please let us know.

What do you think of the draft Concept Plan?
Vote using the
Quick Poll
Is there something that could be improved?
Let us know,
send us your comments


Comments close 2 July 2020.

Comment period extended to 17 July 2020.

Find Out More

Pop-up: Chat with Project Team
Drop by Manning Park (near the main playground and car park, opposite the Azelia Ley homestead) any time between 4.30pm - 5.30pm on Wednesday 24 June 2020


Drop by Memorial Hall, any time between 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday 13 July 2020
*Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions the venue has limited capacity.
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    By making formal trails presumably that would lead to increased use so why do you think existing use of unofficial trails will cease and be beneficial for wildlife some of which are already rare and endangered? In my view the only way to protect these rare species is to stop use of mountain bike trails in the area altogether, why can’t that be done?

    Suec asked 10 days ago

    Hi, thanks so much for your question.

    Creation of unsanctioned trails often reflects demand in the community for these type of facilities. This concept plan for mountain bike trails in Manning Park seeks to formalise a trail network that is of a scope and scale which is sufficient and technical enough to respond to the demand that local riders are seeking but not that do detract from the experience of other park users. As proven in locations such as Margaret River, provision of high quality formalised networks of purpose designed trails leads to reduced rates of informal trail creation. A program of revegetation is also recommended to rehabilitate dilapidated areas of the park, enhancing the park environment and improving the visitor experience. A lot of the trails are already existing, and have been taken into consideration in development of this concept plan.

    The City regularly undertakes fauna studies of its reserves. A fauna survey was undertaken in Manning Park in 2017.  The survey indicated that Manning Park has suffered some loss of species diversity, particularly mammals and reptiles and the primary reason for this was feral predators such as foxes and cats, the reserves isolation and historical clearing. The City undertakes regular feral animal control within the area.  Recommendations for enhanced Cat Management Laws will be presented considered by Council in mid 2020. These will include cat prohibited areas including regional parks. 

    Feedback on the plan is welcome, and you can do so up until 17 July 2020. 

    We hope this information is helpful

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    Resident (aka ratepayers and Cockburn renters) walkers and runner are the majority users of Manning Park but this plan has only one walk/run track that is not even a loop circuit and people would be required to backtrack. Why are you excluding the majority users for the minority user (bikers) and majority non-residents?

    Jen123456789 asked 16 days ago

    Hi Jen, 

    Thanks so much for your question. 

    Manning Park is enjoyed by walkers, runners and bike riders. There are many walking trails in the uplands that exist and that will remain in place, in addition to another formalised walking trail which is proposed in the concept design. 

    The intent is to allow all users to continue using and enjoying Manning Park. 


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    What is the reason for not including the area between Azelia Rd, Spearwood Ave and Gorham Way in the Masterplan? It easily has the best trees and undergrowth in the area. I think both walkers and mountain bike riders would love better access to this area. Including access for both will ensure the plan meets the stated criteria that access and trails need to be of a standard to ensure people stay on dedicated paths. Not including this area will make meeting this stated objective challenging...and it will miss a great opportunity to invest in a great location. Thanks!

    Aaron1977 asked 21 days ago

    Hi, thanks so much for your question. The purpose of the formalised trails is to help mitigate the environmental impact of unsanctioned trails that are currently being created. The concept design trails will aim to follow the existing trails as far as possible to minimise any impact on the environment. The area you mentioned has high quality trees and undergrowth areas, and this is something we need to protect and preserve which is why the trails have not been designed to go through this area.