BMX track looking for a home
Wanted: a home for a whole lot of dirt and BMX fans. Must have sufficient parking and restroom facilities.
The Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District has $25,000, numerous letters of intent for building material donations and the green light from local authorities to begin work on a new BMX course.
With nearly every piece in place, there is only one roadblock that stands in the way of breaking ground – there is no ground.
TDRPD applied for grants from the National Parks and Rec Association and the American Bicycling Association months ago to curb the costs of constructing a new local BMX track. They were awarded both grants last month totaling $25,000 and have enough funds to begin work on the new course.
Construction estimates for the project are in the ballpark of $20,000 to $34,000 to acquire and move a considerable amount of dirt to its new location. While both public and private interest has been considerably behind the proposed course, a permanent site still remains elusive.
Planners initially decided to erect the course at the planned site of the new community sports park on Joerger Drive. This site would not be a long-term home for the course however, as the sports park plan will eventually use all of the available space as need grows.
“Building at the park would work, but then we would probably only have that location for two to three years until the final phases of fields and play space were developed,” explained Dan O’Gorman, TDRPD Recreation Superintendent.
In addition to the longevity problems that are married to the Joerger Drive location, a more immediate concern is posing obstacles to construction. Town Planners have dictated that the course cannot be constructed or used until a paved road and paved parking lot are available in the area.
Currently, work has not begun at the proposed park area and the BMX plans would have to develop in accordance and time with the building pace of the new site.
O’Gorman and other proponents of the BMX course project are looking elsewhere for suitable locations that could expedite the building process instead of waiting for the sports park to get under way.
“If we can find a fitting alternative, we could have the course built a lot sooner than at the original [Joerger] site,” added O’Gorman.
Using a different location could also reduce costs in the long run, as the course would have to be broken down and moved when Phase IV of the sports park began. Prospective sites must have space for adequate parking and restroom facilities and access to power and water. Traffic and noise pollution considerations are also factors that contribute to the decision on the final location.
Once a suitable home for the course is found, building could begin pending approval from the Lahontan Water Board and Sanitary District.
In the meantime, TDPRD has successfully extended their grant for another year and will continue to explore land options as they present themselves.
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