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Karen Miller, CLP, email@example.com
Regional Director, NRPA Northeast Service Center
Go to www.nrpa.org/branches/sinfrap/sinfrap.cfm
This is the Southeast Information Network for Recreation & Parks. Look through the search area
under facilities and you should find some listings for bicycle and BMX. This will give you some
agencies in the southeast to contact who might not be on the NRPAnet.
The National Bicycle League is an organization that is helping design and build our track.
They are giving us $5,000 in labor and equipment. There is also some liability insurance. Their
phone number is 614-777-1625, John David.
Skip Dobbs, CLP, Director, Murray-Calloway County Parks and Recreation
900 Payne Street
Murray, Kentucky 42071
voice: 502-762-0325, fax: 502-762-0349
American Bicycle League or Association is another organization in this field.
From Toni Robinson, Honolulu Parks & Recreation Department. I happen to have a meeting
with a BMX group tomorrow to discuss use an old BMX site in one of our parks. The site was
abandoned about 10 years ago after a previous BMX group had built it. We don't know why it
was abandoned by the group, probably too hard to keep up maintenance. The new group feels
they have the volunteers to maintain the area. They will clear the area, put in whatever
improvements are needed, and operate it for public use. Their club does charge membership
fees, has national affiliation which includes insurance. We require that the insurance company
issue a certificate of insurance naming the City as additionally insured. Our problem is figuring
out a system where people who don't want to join their club can still use the track. 10 years ago,
the department issued cards to those who signed waivers
Contact Eileen Earle at Bethel, CT. Parks & Recreation Dept. at 203-794-8531. They have a
highly successful BMX track that has been running for years.
Check with Gerald Parish, Director in Brownsville/Haywood Co. P&R in TN., 901-772-6693
Suggest you contact Monica Myers, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Elgin,
Illinois, 847-931-6120. Elgin has a very successful BMX facility that is recognized as a premier
operation for the entire Chicago area. They also have experienced many problems with a
regional track over the years of operations.
Contact Tim Burke, Director at Bethel Parks and Recreation, One School Street, Bethel, CT
06801. (203) 794-8531, Fax (203) 794-8592.
Their community volunteer , Donald Olson was recently named CRPA's 1998 Selected
Volunteer Award winner for his work on their BMX track, building it into a national class track
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Contact: Ted Mittelstaedt, Senior Program Administrator, City of Bellevue Parks and
Community Services Department. 425.452.4882 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have just built a BMX Park in Bellevue WA, we are self-insured. We took a portion of a
park and did the following:
had it cleared and graded, had a hose bib and drinking fountain installed, put in proper drainage,
put up appropriate signage, had "good" dirt hauled in and put a split rail fence around the area.
We also had a number of planning meetings with local BMX kids, parents and track operators.
The design of the actually park is up to the local BMX community, who lobbied to have the park
built. The area is not large enough to accommodate a race course and jumping course at the
same time. We foresee occasional competitions in both disciplines. It is not a sanctioned track
at the current time. We have essentially said to the BMX community, that this is your canvas
and we'll help you paint it within these borders and rules. Staff at our adjacent indoor skate park
will monitor the BMX track. We are currently working with local bike shops for the grand
opening on October 3. We are working with shops to start a bike rental program for kids who
can't afford to buy a bike or just want to try the sport. Does anyone out there rent bikes? And
for how much. Are there any similar operating scenarios? This was part of a larger community
wide "Alternative recreation for Youth" package that our city council approved in 1997.
??Chehaw Wild Animal Park in Albany, Georgia. (912) 430 - 5222.
Considering a BMX site in their five year plan:
Gary Sims, Director
Leisure Svs. Dept.
City of Coppell
P.O. Box 478
Coppell, Texas 75019
Contact Mark Zebora, Director, Meriden, CT Parks and Recreation Dept. (203) 238-1188.
They have a very active BMX. Have held Nationals there several times.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation in MI, (Jim Dunleavy) has a very successful BMX track,
Contact: Dave Clark, NRPA Trustee
We allowed a parents group to build a very nice track in one of our regional parks complete with
tower, starting gate, burms etc. They raced one year, let the place go to weeds and we leveled it
two years later. A guess some of the parents got into some conflict with each other. We have a
very nice agreement outlining all the duties of the parents and their association which required
them to maintain it. But it didn't work out. Corvallis, OR (10 miles from us) also has abandoned
their track and it was once going great. I guess the kids and parents who set it up just got older
and lost interest with no younger kids to pick up ball.
Contact: Alice Bixler, at (941) 365-3443, Sarasota County
Has had a lighted BMX track for approximately 20 years. The County constructed the track and
it is operated and maintained through a "Use Agreement" with a not-for-profit Parents County.
The use agreement is similar to a lease. Under the terms of the agreement, the Parents Council is
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responsible for insurance. The track has proven to be one of the most popular in the U.S. and
this is a direct result of the commitment and involvement of the volunteers who have dedicated
themselves to its success
Contact: Alex Palluzzi, Jr., Director of Recreation, Branford P & R, 203 Church St., Branford,
CT 06405. Phone 203-488-8304 Fax 203-315-4017
BMX track which is run by the P & R dept. Apparently they have a first selectman who is pro P
& R and he builds a lot of new parks for his community. In fact he stated that his legacy is to
leave the community with more parks than ever!
Contact Kathy Bolander, Palm Beach County (FL) Parks and Recreation Department. The
location is at Okeeheelee Park. (561) 966-6622, or write to: 2700 6th Ave. South, Lake Worth,
Contact Jim Garges, Kettering Parks and Rec. Dept, OH, 937.2962454
They have a BMX track and have had it that the dept. takes care of in their park for at least 13
Contact Barbara Young at (602)786-2526Chandler, AZ. It is owned and run by an independent
organization and they may be able to provide information on it's operations, etc. and provide you
with a direct contact.
Contact Rob Pine, Recreation Supervisor, Hamilton Community Center, 203 El Bonito Ct.
Novato, CA 94949, (415) 884-4901 FAX (415) 884-4906
If you do find anything on BMX tracks, the City of Novato, CA is also interested. Through the
Nat'l Parks Service's Lands to Parks program we are inheriting recreation facilities and open
space from the US Navy and Army. On this site there was an off road vehicle area that the City
will close to motorized vehicles, but we are considered BMX and mountain bike use.
Our insurance people tell us do not let volunteers build it and make sure you have a
professional designer design the facility all for insurance reasons.. Require helmets and pads to
ride. Do not provide helmets and pads or bikes. There is a BMX magazine phone 602/961-
I want one too but our insurance guys said have an architect design it and build it per the
architects plans due to insurance liability. It has now become cost prohibitive so we have made