Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 26th, 2007 at 12:03 pm
In the latest sign that Oregon is serious about encouraging bicycle recreation, officials in Salem have just agreed to build the first-ever BMX track inside an Oregon State Park.
The facility will be built this weekend at the Salem Fairgrounds and will be called the Midway BMX Track.
The news comes from Oregon’s Bicycle Recreation Coordinator Iris Riggs. She says they have big plans for the track and want to hold statewide events and even an Oregon State Championships (Team Portland represent!).
The track will be built with 3,000 cubic yards of dirt and will officially sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association (ABA). Riggs says that in order to make the track open to everyone in the community, it was purposefully located in a non-fenced area of the fairgrounds.
With Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves recently named to the Oregon State Parks Planning Commission and positive progress during the last legislative session about using State Parks funds for construction of a velodrome, this is a good sign that Oregon wants to fulfill it’s promise of being, “the land bicycles dream about.”