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Celebration set for opening of new BMX and dirt jump course at Eichler Park

A grand opening to celebrate Beaverton's newly renovated BMX and dirt jump course is set for Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Eichler Park, 13710 S.W. Farmington Road.

The public is invited to participate in activities that include bike demonstrations, a 'Jump Jam,' food, raffle prizes, information, remarks by elected officials and a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Northwest Trail Alliance designed and built the course as part of a partnership with the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, which owns and operates Eichler Park. The two organizations wanted a better course that could be used by novices as well as highly skilled bikers.

The new course - the only one in the park district's 50-square-mile area - incorporates three dirt jump lines for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, along with a small bicycle pump track. It is a complete remodel of the park district's original BMX course at Eichler.

'It's a great opportunity for kids and adults alike to develop their bike handling skills in a safe and controlled environment,' said Raul Atencio of NWTA.

As part of the partnership agreement, the NWTA will also maintain the course. Meanwhile, the park district will continue to maintain the rest of Eichler Park and provide security through its Park Patrol Unit.

Other major features of Eichler Park are play equipment, a basketball court, community garden and an ADA-accessible walking path.