Truckee BMX track proposed |

Truckee BMX track proposed

The National Parks and Recreation Association awards several $10,000 grants annually to worthy projects nationwide. Truckee’s Parks and Recreation division is hoping to become one of the lucky recipients this year.

What would the money provide for the community? A whole lot of dirt, among other things.

The Parks and Recreation Board has applied for a national grant to curb the projected costs of building a new BMX course. The BMX track proposal is estimated to cost in the ballpark of $20,000 to $34,000, and the expense of acquiring that much dirt and hauling it to its new location comprises much of the total.

The board met last week to discuss the feasability of the proposal as well as possible locations for the new course.

“There is certainly enough interest from the public and within the board to get it going and we are hoping to get it built by the end of the year,” said board member Dan O’Gorman.

The sentiment regarding the plan in last week’s board meeting was “optimistic and excited” according to O’Gorman, and the board will reconvene next week with possible location options.

Some concerns that surround location candidates are adequate parking, access to power and water, and building public restrooms. The board is hoping to build the new track on district land that would be donated to the project to reduce expenses. In addition, O’Gorman and other supporters will be looking for building material donations – especially dirt.

While the plan is still in limbo, BMX enthusiasts may very well have a new place to ride come summertime.

Anyone who is looking to help this plan materialize should contact Dan O’Gorman at the Parks and Recreation Department at 582-7720.

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