Volunteers trying to keep BMX plan on track

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— Cassandra Krause doesn't want people to move the dirt, until she and the volunteers for the BMX track at Howelsen are ready to move it.

In November, Krause received about $10,000 in grant money through Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. to do upgrades at the BMX bike track. She and a group of volunteers are still waiting for the money but have plans to rebuild the track and get it sanctioned to have BMX competitions.

This week, Krause noticed someone has done a little handiwork, getting started building jumps at the track.

"They were just trying to build themselves something that they can get more air," Krause said.

However, she said one of the jumps is dangerous.

Krause said there will be community clean-up days at the track this summer and anyone who wants to give input on what the jumps should look like when the track is rebuilt should show up.

"I'm just trying to meet the kids' needs," she said.

Also, anyone rebuilding jumps on his or her own could jeopardize the track from getting sanctioned for official BMX competitions, Krause said.

Jeff Nelson of Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation is working with Krause and the volunteers. He said he didn't know that someone had altered the jumps and that people should not be doing that.

Nelson said the volunteers will have to discuss getting the track sanctioned with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

"I'm hopeful that the volunteer group will pull this off," Nelson said of the project.

But the volunteers will have to receive the blessing of the commission on whether it is right for the area before the track is sanctioned.

"The original request (for the grant) was to provide the kids a place to ride," he said.

Getting the track sanctioned was an option if the money came through to rebuild the track, Nelson said.

The ski corp.'s grant was expected in April and should be coming anytime, Nelson said.

Krause said work on the track won't start until late June.

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