Grimsby - Boulevard
Boulevard Avenue : DN31 2PY
Grimsby - Boulevard : Map credit historic maps Grimsby Corporation Parks Committee built the Boulevard 4 laps to the mile, cinder track which opened in 1894, at a cost of £556. The Leeds Mercury of September 14th reported on the opening "In connection with the opening of the Duke of York Pleasure Grounds at Grimsby yesterday, a race meeting jointly promoted by the Grimsby Cyclists Club, the Grimsby Nautilus Cycling Club and Grimsby Harriers' Club was held in the evening upon the new Boulevard cycling track, which forms an important part of the Recreation ground."

The Grimsby CC held their championship meeting at the Boulevard on 10th August 1895 in front of 5,000 spectators. There were five bicycle events including the 5 miles Grimsby Club Championship, won by Matthew Brown.

The Grimsby CC meeting on 20th June 1896 was terminated very abruptly because of a fatal accident in one of the first heats. Matthew Brown, the holder of the ½ mile Championship Cup was turning the corner at the end of the first lap when a rider fell in front of him. Brown turned his machine up the track to avoid the fallen rider and his wheel got stuck in the perimeter fence and he was thrown violently against the fence post. He died ten minutes later from his injuries. Brown was a married man 25 years old.

After the terrible death of the rider the previous year, Grimsby Corporation Parks Committee agreed to spend £60 to £70 improving the track, banking the corners by three feet and moving the fence posts back. The NCU examined the improvements and expressed their satisfaction with the work.

On 24th July 1897, the Grimsby CC again held their championship meeting at the Boulevard with a crowd of 2,500. The chief event as the 20 miles scratch race for the cycle makers and agents challenge cup.

The Boulevard track continued to be well used and in 1900 Grimsby CC, "the premier club in the town", held their annual championship meeting

In 1904 there were press reports that the track was in poor condition, but the Grimsby Cyclists Club reported to the NCU in 1905 that the track was safe to use. Racing took place infrequently, but in 1909 Grimsby Charity Sports Club held a meeting and attracted 4,000 spectators.

The Corporation spent little money on maintaining the track after 1910. The Corporation tried to build houses on the Boulevard in 1919, but this was vetoed by the Government Commissioner. The Boulevard track was in a neglected state for several years and eventually disappeared. Boulevard Park and Duke of York Gardens still exist in the same location as the Boulevard track.

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