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BMX track renovations kick into high gear at Eichler Park

Volunteer workday is set for Saturday

The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and Northwest Trail Alliance have reached an agreement that allows the NWTA to revamp and manage the BMX bike course at the park district's Eichler Park near downtown Beaverton.

With the growth of the sport locally, both agencies wanted to create a better course that could be used by novices as well as highly skilled bikers, said Bob Wayt, park district spokesman.

The agreement, which was signed in April, authorizes NWTA to redesign the existing course, build a new one and maintain it.

The remodel, at 13710 S.W. Farmington Road, will incorporate three jump lines for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, along with a small pump track.

'This renovated venue will be 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.

NWTA is hoping to have the course ready for public use on July 15, Atencio added.

The group began renovation in May and is seeking community volunteers to continue the project. The next workday is this Saturday. Anyone interested in volunteering can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit nw-trail.org.

The park district will continue to maintain the rest of Eichler Park and provide security through its Park Patrol unit, said Jon Campbell, THPRD project management and support coordinator.

'This partnership is really just a great way to provide something we don't have anywhere else in the district,' Campbell said. 'And this way, we know it will be cared for properly and maintained in a safe environment.'

The Northwest Trail Alliance is a group of mountain-bikers and off-road cyclists dedicated to creating, enhancing and protecting riding opportunities in Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.