BMX fans, grab your bikes and head to the grand opening of Pima County’s newest track on Saturday, June 22, for free racing.
“This BMX track provides a safe place for young people and families to be active and have fun,” said Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller, District 1.
The opening ceremony will feature Rafael Payan, Ph.D., Director of the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department; Ed Stolmaker, President and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce; and Julie and Kirk Vaughn, the operators of Xtreme Fun Spot.
“This facility is a great recreational opportunity and venue for Marana and Pima County,” Stolmaker said.
The Vaughns have turned 18,000 yards of dirt – more than 21,000 tons, courtesy of the Pima County Ina Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility – into 1,200 feet of BMX track.
Xtreme Fun Spot is partnering with USA BMX, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Cycling to celebrate Olympic Day on June 22 with free racing. Olympic Day is a worldwide commemoration of the first International Olympic Committee meeting in Paris in 1894 and the founding of the Modern Olympic Games.
- Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, helmets and closed-toe shoes, and bring their own bikes (Xtreme Fun Spot has helmets but will not have bicycles for rent).
- Sign a liability waiver.
T-shirts and refreshments will be available for purchase. The USOC will provide certificates for the racers.
Xtreme Fun Spot is open for racing at 5 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays and for practice at 5 p.m. Wednesdays, and closes after the last race (before dark). Admission for spectators is free but costs $10 to race and $7 to practice.
Plans for the park include reopening the go-cart track and miniature golf course that were part of the Fun Spot recreation area before it closed in 1996.
There are no plans to reinstall the water slides that once descended into a small but deep pool from the signature red-topped, gray brick tower that can be seen from the interstate. The slides were sold to Breakers Water Park when Fun Spot closed and the pool was filled with dirt.
The County plans to connect Xtreme Fun Spot to The Loop, the system of bike and pedestrian paths being developed around metropolitan Tucson, so BMX cyclists will be able to get to it from other parts of town and travel between it and the Kory Laos BMX Park at the County’s Flowing Wells District Park.
Xtreme Fun Spot and the athletic fields at Mike Jacob Sports Park, operated by Championship Sports since 2010, will be at the northern end of the County’s Corazón de los Tres Ríos del Norte sports, recreation, flood control and economic development project that County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry unveiled as a concept in 2010.
For more information about Pima County parks and recreational opportunities, please visit http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/index.htm or call the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department at (520) 877-6000.