BMX Club wraps up last season on McArthur Island

'The build starts March 14. Between now and then, we get our dirt moved'

The BMX hills are straighter than a flat bike tire as the Kamloops BMX Club moves from McArthur Island Park to its new location on Ord Road.

Colleen Botchar, track operator, said Tuesday the club just wrapped up its season and the transition has worked so that the move will be done over winter.

The club isn't just taking equipment; it's taking its dirt.

Botchar said the dirt is being moved to the new site so that come mid-March, the man hired to design and build the new track can get right to work. He has five days to create the new hills, weather permitting.

"The build starts March 14. Between now and then, we get our dirt moved, get our building framed up and powered up," she said.

The club has between 50 and 100 riders, but it has also attracted others from throughout the province for various events, including nationals.

The new location has a paved parking lot near the bus depot. The group and the City struck a deal that saw the club get a new space and the City take over the old site for other sports.

The BMX Club has been on McArthur Island since 1980, and at its current site since 1981. Botchar said she heard it was out by the Lafarge concrete plant some time before that.

Volunteers and donations are going to create a new club building at Ord Road complete with an office, concession, washrooms and storage, she said.

"It's a fair sized building. We're doing a lot of this through donations, fundraising and community support."

The timing worked out so that the BMX season wasn't affected. Riders can start packing down the new track as soon as it's done.

Botchar said the old site is being cleaned up this weekend, with club members taking down the light pole, clearing out equipment and removing signs.

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