An Array Of BMX Information For :- Spokane, Washington USA

The New Spokane BMX Track Is Located At The Dwight Merkel Sports Complex
Next To Joe Albie Stadium And Is Located At 5701 N. Assembly St., Spokane, Wa.
Spokane BMX Is An American Bicycle Association (ABA BMX) Sanctioned Track.
For The Scoop, See The Spokane BMX News And Happings Listed On Down Below.
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Spokane BMX Links and Area Resources:
www.spokanecity.org | www.spokaneparks.org | Youtube/SpokaneParksandRec
www.jabmx.com | spokanebmx09.blogspot.com | www.friendsofjoealbi.com
www.spokanecounty.org | www.visitspokane.com | www.spokanebicycleclub.org
Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board | Dex Knows.com Spokane Area Bicycle Shops
(~ Accommodations - Places To Stay In Spokane Via: www.visitspokane.com ~)
News: www.spokesmanreview.com | www.kxly.com | www.khq.com | www.krem.com
Spokane`s Best Rock! Spokane`s Best Rock!
Listen To Rock 94.5 FM - It Is Sort Of Like Shoving A Stick Into The Spokes
Of Your Buddys BMX Bike In The Middle Of A BMX Race. ~ It Just Rocks! ~
* KHTQ FM 94.5 Rock. - You Can Listen To ( Streaming Feed ) Online.
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*~~~ Spokane BMX News And Happings ~~~*
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* Spokane BMX To Host The Lumberjack Nationals August 18-20, 2017.
Gilbert, Arizona USA ( ABA-USA BMX ) -- 11/03/2016
The USA BMX Announces Its 2017 National Schedule. It Features Several New
Stops That Were Not On The Last Year's Schedule. Spokane BMX (Spokane, WA)
The Lumberjack Nationals August 18th - 20th, 2017. ( More Information )

* Riverfront Park Hosts Strider Cup For Young Racers.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 07/09/2016
Strider Cup racers from the four-year-old division, start their race in Riverfront Park
on Saturday. About180 children ages 20 months to 5 years, and those with special needs
of all ages and abilities, participated in the event.

* Board Says No Contact Between Holyk And Patrol Car.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 05/17/2016
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory and Review Board released its findings on
Tuesday after reviewing the Ryan Holyk case. Holyk died while riding his bike at E Sprague
Avenue and North Vista Road in Spokane Valley on May 23, 2014. The cause of Holyk’s
death has been questioned consistently since the incident. ( More )

* Strider Announces 2016 Toddler Race Series Dates.
Rapid City, South Dakota USA ( BRAIN ) -- 01/19/2016
Strider Bikes has three locations and dates confirmed in its 2016 Strider Cup,
a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. Strider Cups:
· Saturday, June 11: Lincoln, Neb., at the Railyard
· Saturday, June 25: Salt Lake City at Pioneer Park
· Saturday, July 9: Spokane, Wash. at Riverfront Park
For further information: www.striderbikes.com/events

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* City Begins Demolishing Under The Freeway Skate Park.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 08/04/2015
The demolition follows mounting concerns about safety at the decades-old park under Interstate
90 near South Browne Street, where vandalism and drug use prompted many visits from police.
Maintenance also was an issue as the park sits on land owned by the state Department of
Transportation. The citys Park Board will decide on a location for a replacement skate park.

* Years After MS Diagnosis, Former BMX Champ Remains True To Recreational Roots.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 06/09/2015
Rows of shiny trophies perch on a shelf in an out-of-the way corner of Brenda Gildehaus home.
The former top-ranked bicycle racer and national BMX champion earned those awards on rugged
hills and dirt tracks across the country. Ive always been an athlete – I just came out that way,
she said. And bicycles in particular fascinated her.

* Spokane Looks To Build New Skate Park To Replace Crime-Ridden Location.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 06/08/2015
Spokanes Under the Freeway skate park is all pavement and out of the way. Thats why its perfect
for skaters, who like all the hard ramps and walls, a half-acre concrete room where they can make
all the ruckus they want in any weather that comes.

* Spokane Youth Sports Awards: Top Female Non-High School Athlete.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 05/28/2015
With the second annual Spokane Youth Sports Awards right around the corner we took
some time to bring you the nominees for the Top Individual Female Non-High School athlete.
Lizzy Bowers of BMX Spokane is carrying on a family tradition and finding success doing it.

* Parks and Recreation Seeks Community Input For New Wheelpark.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 05/26/2015
A community outreach workshop scheduled for Wednesday May 27 at 6:00 p.m. will help
determine the location and terrain for a new wheelpark in Spokane. The workshop will
be hosted in partnership with the Spokane Parks and Recreation Division and Gridline
Skatepark, Inc. The meeting is open to the public, and all interested community members
are invited and encouraged to attend.

* Throwback Thursday BMX And Coffee.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 04/16/2015
When we do a Throwback Thursday its fun to look around around and see what the
people featured in our stories are doing now. This week we have a clip from 1990
featuring freestyle BMX motivational speakers David Morris and Paul Balmer.
David Morris is now a CEO of Dillanos Coffee Roasters, a 30 million dollar company.

* No Charges Will Be Filed Against Spokane Valley Deputy In Holyk Case.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 01/30/2015
Holyk was riding a BMX bike at the time. He was not wearing a helmet and his bike had no
brakes, lights or reflectors. As Holyk approached an intersection, a witness saw him pop
a wheelie and proceed into the intersection against a red light. Bodman braked and swerved
to the right missing Holyk, but coming as close as one foot.

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* Whitman Elementary Student Making Waves As A BMX Rider.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 03/28/2014
He is only 10 years old, but Mikkel Devore has Olympic aspirations. A living room
crowded with trophies some taller than he is is evidence that the local BMX rider
may very well get there. With his introduction into the prestigious 20K point club
a select group of amateur BMX bikers who have won hundreds of district races.

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*** Spokane Skate Park U.T.F. Could Get New Home ***


* Spokane Skate Park U.T.F. Could Get New Home.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 10/10/2013
A proposal by the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department might mean more
good days for people like Sanders as the agency explores the idea of installing a
new skate park at Riverfront Park and demolishing UTF Skate Park. Plans to install
the new park are still in the early phases, Parks Director Leroy Eadie said, so dont
expect to see UTF closed anytime soon. Funding for the park may go before voters
on the November 2014 ballot. Also See: Park Board suggests moving skateboarders.


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*** Spokane - Joe Albi BMX Olympic Day ***


* Berger Family Talks BMX Olympic Day At Joe Albi BMX.
Spokane, Washington USA -- 06/20/2013
Olympic day at the Joe Albi BMX track is this Saturday and it is an open event,
which means those not sanctioned by USA BMX are allowed to participate. Aimee
Berger and her sons, Mitchell and Aedan, talked to SWX about BMX. Make sure
to head down to the track to register this Saturday June 22nd, 2013 between 5:30 p.m.
and 7:00 p.m. The event will start shortly after. All ages and skill levels are welcome,
from five and under to 60 and up.

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*** Spokane - Joe Albi BMX Update ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/17/2013
Joe Albi BMX is very close to being ready to race! We will be hosting work
parties from 9AM until 4 PM on Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th.
Any help is appreciated, whether you can stay for 30 minutes or 7 hours.

On March 30th, Joe Albi BMX will be having its first event of 2013! This
will be a Grand Re-Opening / Open House / Gate Practice / Membership Drive /
Trophy Buy-Back / Swap Meet event!! The event will go from 3:00 PM until late.

The open house will include the following:
- Membership drive before the USA BMX price increase
(save $15 by signing up or renewing before April 1st).

- Gate practice for new members or existing members (free for
new or renewing members, $3 for current members not renewing).

- Trophy buy-back ($2 for Joe Albi trophies)
- BMX Parts Swap Meet

Track Address: 5701 N Assembly St. Spokane, Washington 99205

CC - Mark Berger

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*** Spokane - Joe Albi BMX Update ***

Spokane, Washington -- 01/15/2013
Joe Albi BMX has a new track operator. Aimee Berger accepted the TO position as of
December 2012. Spokane BMX is the user group responsible for USA BMX sanctioned
races, gate practices, and clinics at Joe Albi BMX. The Board of Directors is holding
monthly meetings, and these are open to the public.

Joe Albi BMX is kicking off the 2013 race season with our first race on Saturday,
April 6th, 2013 weather permitting. Registration will be from 6:00 - 7:00PM, with
racing ASAP. Race fees will be $10, with more information coming soon on discounts
for multiple bikes and families. The Joe Albi BMX is working with several other tracks
to offer some big points weekends this summer. These plans are still developing, but
an announcement will be forthcoming.

The Joe Albi BMX will also be offering new rider BMX clinics monthly, as well as
special guest clinics periodically throughout the summer. There will be something
for everyone, regardless of age or skill level. Throughout the month of March, we
will be organizing and conducting work parties to prepare the track for the race
season. Volunteers will be compensated for the time they put in.

2013 promises to be the biggest and best year for Joe Albi BMX yet! We are
very excited to welcome our racers back in April, and hope to see lots of new
racers too. THANK YOU to all the racers, parents and volunteers that helped
last year and continue to help as we move forward. We could not do it without you.

CC - Mark Berger

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*** Skaters Make Their Case For Under Freeway Park ***

Spokane, Washington -- 12/20/2012
A group of skaters who support the renovation of the Under the Freeway Skate
Park took their project to the Spokane Park Board on Dec. 13. The group was
under the impression it would get $300,000 from the Spokane Parks and Recreation
Department to renovate. ( More )

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*** Plans For Skate Park Beneath I-90 Put On Hold ***

Spokane, Washington -- 11/22/2012
Skateboarders who came to the meeting called by Spokane Parks and Recreation
Department on Nov. 11 expected to see plans for a remodel and update of the
skate park located beneath Interstate 90. Instead, they were told that the project
to restore the Under the Freeway Skate Park has been put on hold. ( More )

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*** Hospitals Refocus A Lucky Break For Boy ***
BMX Accident Brought Teen To Shriners For Specialized Care

Spokane, Washington -- 03/16/2012

Brenden Essig remembers hearing Watch out! before everything went dark. A minute or so
later the 13 year old attempted to shake off the BMX bike crash, a wicked collision of body
and packed dirt. He stood up and then collapsed. I was numb, he said. Essig had just finished
his first day of eighth grade in September and was participating in an evening practice with
his BMX racing team at a course near Joe Albi Stadium. ( More )

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*** ABA BMX Multi Point Races At Spokane BMX ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 12/29/2011
The ABA BMX Multi Point Race Dates At The Spokane BMX Track Are:
06/02/2012 - Joe Albi BMX Spokane Washington - Redline Cup Qualifier.
06/03/2012 - Joe Albi BMX Spokane Washington - Earned Double.
08/18/2012 - Joe Albi BMX Spokane Washington - Race For Life - Double.
08/19/2012 - Joe Albi BMX Spokane Washington - State Race - Double.

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*** Boy Loses Fingers In BMX Race At Dwight Merkel ***

Spokane, Washington -- 07/26/2011
An 8 year old boy lost five fingers on two hands when they were crushed
by a starting gate last Wednesday at the BMX bicycle track at the Dwight
Merkel Sports Complex in Northwest Spokane.

Spokane city officials said they are looking into the accident and
the safety of the mechanism used to start BMX competitions.

The boy, Christopher Yoho, apparently lost balance just ahead of the start
and grabbed the top of the gate as it dropped to the starting position in the
race last Wednesday, according to family and eyewitness reports.

He is the son of Ryan Yoho and Amanda Suydam, of Spokane. The boy was
treated and later released from the hospital. His family declined to comment
on the incident.

Marlene Feist, spokeswoman for the city of Spokane, said the gate operates
by hydraulics and is used to hold back racers at the start of race events at the
Dwight Merkel Sports Complex next to Joe Albi Stadium. The mechanism is a
long, horizontal barrier to racers and drops quickly at start time.

It is only used at approved practices and events, she said. Feist said the gate
meets standards of the American Bike Association. We are just starting our
investigation, she said. She said city staff is very concerned about this child
and his family. Our hearts go out to him and his family.

CC - www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/jul/26/cit_fingers

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*** YouTube Videos Spokane BMX RFL & SCR ***

Spokane, Washington -- 07/18/2011



07/16/2011 - Spokane BMX - Race For Life = RFL:
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v8yR8bGz6M
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u76HbfGSyw
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4sArSJPuvU
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQw9OtFqXqc
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MdfMx_WYys
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3FYfykwDGA
Spokane BMX RFL Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aThQavlBw

07/17/2011 - Spokane BMX - State Championship Qualifier = SCR:
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLpdwg9lDRk
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJukUN5qzc0
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgPZo5DZbfM
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KS2DzfZK5s
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=a96Db-OB0G4
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxXA4-iiOoc
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WA-8jmlAqQ
Spokane BMX SCR Video - * www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JL5YQSUNvs

Videos: Race for Life and State Championship Qualifier In Spokane, Washington.
YouTube Video by: eenewgen

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*** YouTube Video Spokane BMX In The Lead And Then ***

Spokane, Washington -- 07/17/2011


www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOCq7Df3CLI

BMX In The Lead And Then.!! 39Y Old In Spokane, Washington.
YouTube Video by: Janijoe1

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*** Some Back Out Of BMX Event - Lack Of Information ***

North Central Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 07/16/2011
Some people in the North Central Washington area decided not to go to Spokane
BMX Track events this weekend due to lack of information of the events. Some
say that the travel to Spokane is to big of a gamble with not enuff information.

A person of Brewster Washington, a parent of three said, We have never been to a
BMX Race before. I thought I would take my kids to Spokane this weekend and let
them try BMX racing and see what it is like. I called the city of Spokane Parks on
Friday, they did not know to much about the Spokane BMX event. They never returned
my phone call. I could not find anymore information online but the July 16-17 dates.
It is to big of a gamble with not enuff information to travel to Spokane with the cost
of gas prices so high.

A good hand full of people in the North Central Washington area and the Spokane
area its self asking us Gene`s BMX about the Spokane BMX events for this weekend.
We know some of them went to the Spokane BMX events but they know of the BMX
track but a lot of the general public does not. With the lack of information some people
will stay away.

Spokane BMX Track scheduled to host an American Bicycle Associations ( ABA )
"Race for Life" to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on 07/16/2011
and a State Championship Qualifier to qualify for the state finals on 07/17/2011.
That is all the known information that could be found online.

Gene`s BMX has seen a high number of people asking for Spokane BMX information.
It is vary hard to find official news and information about the new Spokane BMX Track
as Spokane BMX Track does not have an official web site URL domain that we know of.
We have not even seen an official ABA BMX mailer post card flyer about the events.

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*** ABA BMX Multi Point Races At Spokane BMX ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 07/02/2011
The ABA BMX Multi Point Race Dates At The Spokane BMX Track Are:
07/16/2011 - Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane Washington - Race For Life - Double
07/17/2011 - Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane Washington - State Race - Double

A lot of general public ( none-BMXers ) and BMXers asking us for Registration
Times And General Information About The Race For Life and State Race Events?

Is all we do know are them official dates; July 16th and 17th, 2011 for the BMX events.
No other official information to be found about them BMX events as of posted news date.
It is vary hard to find official news and information about the new Spokane BMX Track
as Spokane BMX Track does not have an official web site URL domain that we know of.
We have not even seen an official ABA BMX mailer post card flyer about the events.

So, Good Luck.

Also: The Question - When Does The Spokane BMX Track Open To The Public?
It was quoted by Spokane Parks and Rec in a video P.R. to be open to public by June?
We have been watching both the City of Spokane and Spokane Parks and Rec web sites
and have Not seen any official press of the track open to the public yet. That is all we
know of as of date of this posted news. In a lot of questions that we are getting it sounds
like some of the people are just giving up that the Spokane BMX Track is even there and
finding other places to ride BMX in Spokane due to lack of information about the track.

Again, Good Luck.

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*** Paying More To Play - Spokane BMX Track ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/29/2011

Tanner Gillingham (No. 919) leads a group of 11 novice racers at
the Dwight Merkel Sports Complexs BMX track on May 22. Eric Sawyer,
president and CEO of the Spokane Regional Sports Commission, calls the
track one of the best BMX facilities on the West Coast.

It seemed like a monumental task. But Spokane park leaders have built
everything they promised and more with the $43 million park bond voters
approved less than four years ago. ( More )

CC - www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/may/29/paying-more-to-play

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*** Merkel Sports Complex Receives WRPA Spotlight Award ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/09/2011
At the annual Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA) Awards
Banquet held April 26 - 29 in Wenatchee, Washington the Dwight Merkel
Sports Complex was recognized with a Spotlight Award for the Best Sports
Complex in the Facilities and Parks category.

Spotlight Award Recipient - For Facilities and Parks, Best Sports
Complex Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, Spokane Parks & Recreation

We are especially proud of this recognition on behalf of the spectacular
job done by our landscape architect, Robert W. Droll, and our General
Contractor, Bouton Construction, said Leroy Eadie, director of Parks
and Recreation for the City of Spokane.

Eadie also recognized the non-profit citizens group, Spokane BMX
volunteers, who have provided all of the work shaping, outfitting and
operating the new BMX track at the Merkel complex. ( More )

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*** YouTube Video Nic And Derrik Spokane BMX ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/08/2011


www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4iyRD2h-mQ

Nic And Derrik Biking In Spokane, Washington.
YouTube Video by: 666Flipsyde

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*** A Spokane BMX Race Photo ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 05/07/2011



Photo by Geneb - Gene`s BMX.com, Photo shot at the Spokane BMX Track
that was behind the Rosaurs suppermarket in 1994 showing BMXers racing.

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*** Spokane BMX Questions ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 05/03/2011

When Does The Spokane BMX Track Open?
* Sometime In May 2011 or by June 2011. Quoting that baced on
the news and information that we have found via up on the city of
Spokane and Spokane Parks web sites that is posted-listed below.
A lot of the general public in Spokane area (Non-BMXers) are lost
in getting news and information about the new Spokane BMX Track
as it is vary hard to find due to the new Spokane BMX Track does
not have an official web site URL domain for its official news and
information and contacts that we know of as of this news post date.

Is There Some Other Place In Spokane To Ride BMX?
* For BMX Freestyle you could try the new Joe Albi Skate Park
or the Hillyard Skate Park or the Skate Park Under the Freeway.
BMX Access at them Skate Parks are unknown, Check Skate Parks
rules and regs that should be posted up at each of the Skate Parks.
For BMX Street - places in Spokane, Its just as it sounds; The Streets.
For BMX Dirt/Trail - places in Spokane, It is Unknown.

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*** Joe Albi BMX Help Needed ***

Spokane, Washington -- 04/28/2011
A volunteer work party on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1
is planned at the Joe Albi BMX track to get the track ready for
the May 8th race. We could really use your help in making sure
the track is ready for the season opener. The wet winter and
spring took a heavy toll on the track.

The work parties will start at 10:30AM and you
can sign up at the track on either of those days.

Bring racks and shovels to help get the track ready.
Also please pass this invitation on to people you know. Thanks

Mike Aho - Spokane Parks and Recreation.
CC - www.outtheremonthly.com/?p=4048

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*** YouTube Video Spokane BMX Track Update ***

Spokane, Washington -- 04/21/2011


www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql8JOft3HWU = 404ed.
( YouTube Video Has Been Removed By The User. )

YouTube Video: Dwight Merkel Sports Complex - Field Condition 4/21/11
Quote:- Spokane Parks and Rec, Aaron Champagne, Reports BMX Track.
They hope to have this facility open to the public by June thats there deadline.
They are still working on bank stabilization and shaping some of the mounds
trying to make this a world class facility for all of you BMXers out there.

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is closely monitoring
the field conditions at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.
YouTube Video by: Spokane Parks and Rec.

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*** ABA BMX Multi Point Races At Spokane BMX ***

Spokane, Washington -- 04/05/2011
The ABA BMX Multi Point Race Dates At The Spokane BMX Track Are:
07/16/2011 - Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane Washington - Race For Life - Double
07/17/2011 - Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane Washington - State Race - Double

At this time it is unknown of Spokane BMX opening date or its 2011 full schedule.
As quoted by Spokane Parks and Recreation on 03/29/2011; ``The track to open for
racing around the end of April and then open for public use around the middle of May.''

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*** Question? - When Does Bike Track Open ***

Spokane, Washington ( Parks News ) -- 03/29/2011
Does Anyone Know When The Bike Track Opens For The Season?

Spokane Parks and Recreation:
This wet weather is causing all kinds of problems. As soon as it dries
up we are installing three dry wells at the track and then we will have
about 100 hours of work that we need volunteers for so we can open.

The work will be to groom the track after the winter and construction
damage. I expect the track to open for racing around the end of April
and then open for public use around the middle of May.

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*** YouTube Video Of BMX At Spokane Hillyard Skate Park ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/26/2011


www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXPhOkFj0bk

A BMXer riding at the Hillyard Skate Park in Spokane, WA.
YouTube Video by: Dimka9698

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*** YouTube Video At Spokane Joe Albi Skate Park ***

Spokane, Washington -- 02/14/2011


www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6dM5Rt6JFM

Progression Promo - Dakota Roach - Joe Albi Skate Park,
Spokane Wa. - Skateboard, BMX Bike, The New Progression.
YouTube Video by: jrosk84life7

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*** Volunteers Clean Up Downtown Skate Park ***

Spokane, Washington (KXLY-News) -- 10/23/2010
Dozens of volunteers braved the soggy weather to make a difference in
Spokane on Saturday. More than 75 volunteers with AmeriCorps, spent
all day making building repairs at local churches, handing out Coats for
Kids and cleaning up a skate park. - A group of volunteers spent three
hours cleaning up the skate park, located under I-90. ( More )

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*** No Spokane BMX Racing Reports? ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 09/20/2010
Spokane BMX was scheduled for some BMX racing on the dates of
August 21st, 2010 + September 04th, 2010 + September 18th, 2010

As of this report, we have not seen any reports about or from them events.
No race results, No photos, No videos nothing has been seen and or herd of.
We know the Spokane BMX Track is there but it sure is quiet for a new track.

The Spokane BMX Track is also open for Public Recreational Access. -- So
Is anyone from with in Spokane using the new track as recreational fun BMX?
If so how many people show up at the new BMX track from day to day for fun?

Spokane BMX Track sure is quiet.

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*** WoW - First YouTube Video Spokane BMX Opening Day ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/17/2010


www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9bGKSfJ5j8


YouTube Video by: WaltDorsey
Spokane BMX 10I Class On Opening Day.
10I Class with Gabe on August 7, 2010

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*** Recreational Public Access To Spokane BMX Track ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/17/2010
The BMX Track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex is now open
for public access from 1-7 p.m. daily, excluding race days. View the
schedule and more info below. spokaneparks.org/Parks/page/748

CC - Spokane Parks & Recreation - Facebook.

Gene`s BMX News -- To the hand full of people that emailed us about the
Public Access at the Spokane BMX Track. This is good news for you. We do
agree with you. BMX is not just about racing it is also about having fun on your
bikes. With public access from 1-7 p.m. daily, lots of time for everyone to enjoy.

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*** Recreational Public Access To Spokane BMX Track ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/11/2010
Public Access to the BMX Track at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex is currently
limited to prevent over use until the dirt has further compacted. Check the hours
of operation and come check out this great new track. ( spokaneparks.org + .PDF )

CC - www.spokanecity.org/services/articles/?ArticleID=2238

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*** Spokane BMX Racing 2010 Schedule ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/10/2010

* 2010 Schedule For Spokane BMX Racing

~~~~~ August 2010 ~~~~~
August 21st, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.

~~~~~ September 2010 ~~~~~
September 04th, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.
September 18th, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.

~~~~~ October 2010 ~~~~~
October 02nd, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.
October 16th, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.
October 30th, 2010 - Registration Time - 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Single Point.


The New Spokane BMX Track Is An ABA BMX Sanctioned Track.
To Race You Must Sign Up With The American Bicycle Association.

Getting Started In BMX Racing?
The ABA BMX Has Put A ( Web Page ) Together To Help.

Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane, WA - ABA District: WA03 Spokane, WA

Contact Information:
Track Operator: Chad Furtney, Phone: 509-570-8118
Email: spokanebmx@gmail.com

The New Spokane BMX Track Is Located At The Dwight Merkel Sports Complex
Next To Joe Albie Stadium And Is Located At 5701 N. Assembly St., Spokane, Wa.

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*** Photos Everything Dwight Merkel Grand Opening ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/09/2010

196 Photos by Spokane Parks and Recreation

Many thanks to all who came out for the Dwight Merkel Grand Opening Saturday!
View pictures from this great event - you might even see yourself! - Stay updated
on new info about the Merkel Complex at http://spokaneparks.org/Parks/page/748

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*** Questions Re: Spokane BMX Racing Schedule? ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News ) -- 08/08/2010
We have seen some emails asking us for a Spokane BMX Racing Schedule
for the new Spokane BMX track at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex......

Questions seen target to - a day to day BMX racing schedule. BMX race
events: RFL = Race For Life | SCR = State Championship Qualifier and
RCQ = Redline Cup Qualifier. *Also - people wanting to know if the new
BMX track is open to the public as a Recreational ( non-racing) track?

We are sorry but we do not know of a Spokane BMX Racing Schedule.
If or when we know of one - we would be glad to share it with everyone..
Also - we do not know if the track is open to the public as Recreational.

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*** Spokane Celebrates New Complex ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/07/2010
The Dwight Merkel Sports Complex adjacent to Joe Albi Stadium
in Northwest Spokane has been more than a decade in the making.
With a bond passed by taxpayers and many donations, the facility
opened this August 07th, 2010 to a busy day of games, BMX races,
skateboarding and fun. ( More )

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*** Video - New Sports Complex To Open In Spokane ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/05/2010
Spokane kids have a new place to play this summer. KXLY4`s
Erik Loney shows you around the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

( www.kxly.com/localvideo/index.html?v=22131 )

This Same Video Via On YouTube:
* www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJF5pET0P44

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*** Photos - First Day At Spokane BMX Track ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/03/2010
Monday August 02nd was the first day the Merkel Sports Complex
was open. Here are some BMX photos at the Spokane BMX Track.
The Official Grand Opening is scheduled for this Saturday August 7th.

The Dwight Merkel Sports Complex is already getting a workout
before the grand opening. The huge new sports complex right next
to Joe Albie Stadium is almost done. People are gearing up to use
it for the first time.

The new Dwight Merkel Sports Complex is big enough to host
tournaments with more than a hundred teams. Crews are still
finishing most of it, but some of it is open already, including
the skate park.

When its all done it will have six full soccer fields, two lighted fields
with artificial turf, five softball diamonds, and a youth baseball field.
Theres also a BMX track, splash pad, and a playground. The grand
opening is this Saturday, but some of its ready for people to use now.

The city paid for this with a $43 million parks bonds in 2007.
That bond also built other park projects. Some people are hoping
with a complex this big the city can bring in some big events. The
first one started on Monday. The Seattle Sounders are in town
for a soccer camp all this week.

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*** Dwight Merkel Grand Opening & Celebration August 07th ***

Spokane, Washington -- 08/02/2010
Join us for the Grand Opening & Celebration of the
Dwight Merkel Sports Complex Saturday, August 07th, 2010

Photos Of The New JABMX BMX Track At Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

The Spokane Park Board, Parks Bond Citizen Advisory Committee and staff
of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department cordially invite you to attend
a day of activities at the new Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, 5701 N. Assembly St.

Activities Include:
* 8 a.m. - dusk Explore the trails by foot (self-guided)
* 10 a.m. Dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting
* 10:30 a.m. First pitch, soccer kick, skateboard drop, BMX start
* 4 p.m. Pistole Skate Competition (
Skate Competition Flyer.jpg )
* All day Ongoing activities and demos for all ages, including: soccer,
flag football, softball, ultimate frisbee and volleyball, BMX race and
run, skate classes and demos, free samples, live music from Rock 94.5

Photos Of The New Skatepark At Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

~~ Merkel Sports Complex Set For Grand Opening ~~

A giant new sports complex opens this weekend in North Spokane, the
size and scope of which is unlike anything Spokanes ever seen before.

The new Dwight Merkel Sports Complex is adjacent to Joe
Albi Stadium and is a sports site like no other in the city.

The sports complex boasts five softball and baseball fields and
eight soccer fields. Two of those soccer fields have artificial turf
and lights and can double as football, lacrosse and rugby fields.

Theres also a splash pad, a park a BMX track and a skate park.

The grand opening of the Merkel Complex isnt until Saturday but
already the skate park is full or people doing all sorts of things most
of us wont even attempt, the Seattle Sounders are hosting a soccer
camp and Monday night a national championship softball tournament
will take the field.

Spokane is a sports city and the fact that we have never had
something like this, this level of quality, its something we were
missing, Adriano Eva with the Spokane Parks and Recreation
Department said.

The complex cost $11 Million, the majority of which was
paid for by a sports bond approved by voters in 2007.

Its gonna be great to look at the fields and see kids
all over, its gonna be wonderful, Adriana said.

The grand opening at the Merkel Sports Complex is Saturday
at 10 a.m. Theyll have food, music and all sorts of sports
demonstrations during the grand opening ceremonies.

CC - www.spokanecity.org/services/articles/?ArticleID=2229
ACC - www.spokaneparks.org/Parks/page/748
ACCC - www.spokanecity.org | www.spokaneparks.org

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*** Spokane UTF Skate Park ***

Spokane, Washington -- 07/28/2010
Spokane UTF Skate Park - Under I-90.

Spokane Parks and Recreation is working on UTF (Under the Freeway) skatepark.
Trying to clean up, redesign, rebuild and use this huge lighted and covered park.

We are forming a user/interest group to help make it happen.
If interested email Mike Aho: maho@spokanecity.org

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*** A New Spokane BMX.com Web Site ***

Spokane, Washington -- 07/15/2010
A New Spokane BMX Web Site Launching Soon!

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*** Photos Spokane BMX Track Build ***

Spokane, Washington -- 06/29/2010
Photos of the Spokane BMX Track Build.

More Photos Can Be Found At: spokanebmx09.blogspot.com

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*** Spokane BMX Joe Albi BMX News Post ***

Spokane, Washington ( Gene`s BMX News )-- 06/24/2010

Pacific Northwest BMX Forums News Post: IE: ABA, Meeting, Opening.
The Spokane BMX Joe Albi BMX - The new Spokane BMX track makes
for 11 official ABA BMX tracks in Washington state. ( More )

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*** Spokane BMX Joe Albi ABA BMX Track Listings ***

Spokane, Washington ( ABA BMX ) -- 06/23/2010



The Official ABA BMX Washington Track Listings now shows:

Joe Albi BMX (JABMX) Spokane, WA - ABA District: WA03 Spokane, WA

Contact Information:
Track Operator: Chad Furtney, Phone: 509-570-8118
Randy Cain, Phone: 208-661-8685
Email: spokanebmx@gmail.com

www.ababmx.com/index.php?page=default/trackview&trackid=1845&search=Washington

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 06/22/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 3307 W Rowan Ave.

What is going on at all them meetings?
Who knows what is going on at them meetings. We see NO reports
or PR from them meeting. Is all people can do is guess at this time.

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*** Hillyard Skatepark BMX YouTube Video ***

Spokane, Washington -- 06/09/2010

www.youtube.com/watch?v=baZzohKHrv0

YouTube Video by: Jesse Gondek MrJesseRG
509 Crew - A week in Spokane. Hillyard Skatepark BMX
Filmed and rode BMX with Aaron, Sean, Richie, and Jared.

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*** When Is Spokane BMX Track Opening ? ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/26/2010

Pacific Northwest BMX Forums Chat: ( When Is Spokane BMX Track Opening ? )

The Official PR by Spokane Parks Quotes: ( August 7th, 2010 )
( The Official PR URL:- http://spokaneparks.org/Parks/page/93 )

Save the Date: August 7th, 2010
The Spokane Park Board, Parks Bond Citizens Advisory Committee
and staff of the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department encourage
you to mark August 7th on your calendar to attend ribbon-cutting
ceremonies and a grand celebration of the completion of the Dwight
Merkel Sports Complex. We look forward to seeing you August 7th.

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/07/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, May 24th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 3307 W Rowan Ave.

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/25/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, April 05th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 3307 W Rowan Ave.

Come join in on the Family fun and help support Spokane BMX.

Please Note: this meeting date and time copyed from spokanebmx09.blogspot.com

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*** JABMX Track At Albi Stadium ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/20/2010

The JABMX, the BMX track just north of Joe Albi Stadium
will be ready for the August 1st opening of Spokanes
newest sports complex!

The ABA BMX will be coming to town to get things rolling.

Rough grading is expected to start on or about June 21st and
be completed around the 25th. Fine grading could start after
that and would probably take a few days.

Side slopes would then be seeded on July 1st to allow 30 days
for grass to grow.

Race gates should go in soon after the July 4th weekend and
the tower construction is scheduled for the week of July 12th.
Trimming and clean up would get the track ready for the grand
opening on August 1st, 2010. This is Terrific!

The softball and soccer fields, play area and splash pad
should also be ready to view and walk on for opening day.

Thank you Spokane Voters
For Investing In The Citys Young People And In Their Future!

CC - Jim, www.friendsofjoealbi.com

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/09/2010



NEW MEETING LOCATION:
The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, March 15th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 3307 W Rowan Ave.
(The church is located directly North of Browne School).

We will be going over the by laws, contracts and board configuration.
Since we are still organizing it would be great to have as many people
as possible at this meeting. I will be sending out another email with the
agenda, draft of the by laws and sample contracts. This notice is for
you to get this on your calendar and to invite others you think might
be interested in the track.

Thanks, Mike Aho - Recreation Supervisor 2, Spokane Parks and Recreation.

Please Note: this meeting date and time copyed from spokanebmx09.blogspot.com

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*** Construction Nearly Complete Sports Complex ***

Spokane, Washington ( Krem News ) -- 03/09/2010

Construction is nearly complete in North Spokane on the Joe Albi Sports
Complex. Crews spent last year working on the voter-approved sports park.
The $11 million project is set to open in August.

Crews have been able to turn what used to be rundown athletic fields
into a 100 acre sports paradise. The new Merkel Sports Complex will
meet the growing needs of youth athletics and recreation. ( More )

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 03/03/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, March 15th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Browne Elementary School 5102 N Driscoll Blvd.
UPDATE: NEW LOCATION:
The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, March 15th, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 3307 W Rowan Ave.
(The church is located directly North of Browne School).

Please Note: this meeting date and time copyed from spokanebmx09.blogspot.com

Gene`s BMX Notes: A few e-mails asking what happend at the last few meetings?
We do not know. No reports seen or herd. So who knows whats going on.

The blog quotes, `Lots to talk about, so please come and join us. We need
signatures to show the City planners we care and support Joe Albi BMX."

We at Gene`s BMX asks; How can people support something if they
do not know what is going on? - Can someone please fill us all in ?

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 02/26/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Monday, March 01st, 2010
at 6:30PM At the Browne Elementary School 5102 N Driscoll Blvd.

Please Note: this meeting date and time copyed from spokanebmx09.blogspot.com

Gene`s BMX has seen a few e-mails asking what happend at the last meeting
on February 04th, 2010 We do not know. No reports seen or herd from that
meeting. So who knows whats going on.

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 02/01/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Thursday, February 04th, 2010
at 7:00PM At the Browne Elementary School 5102 N Driscoll Blvd.

-- Agenda: * To elect the charter board of directors and begin the contract
negotiations with the city of Spokane. Several people have expressed
interest in being on the board which will initially consist of 6 local
supporters and 1 city parks employee.

** 02/10/2010 - Update Report:
No reports seen or herd from this meeting. So who knows whats going on......

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*** Spokane BMX A Scheduled Update Meeting ***

Spokane, Washington -- 01/06/2010



The next meeting for 2010 is scheduled on Thursday, Jan 14th, 2010
at 7:00PM At the Browne Elementary School 5102 N Driscoll Blvd.
Lots to talk about! Also check out the Spokane BMX Blog New logo.

PS: A Thank You to Jim Koch for making up the cool
new Gene`s BMX banner at the top of this web page. - It looks cool!:-)


** 01/23/2010 - Update Report Via: Spokane BMX Blog.
A few things from the January, 14th, 2010 BMX Track Meeting:
* Great turnout, good questions -Thanks everyone!
* The opening date is set for July Saturday, 31st / Aug 1st/weekend ~ 2010.
* The next meeting will be to elect the charter board of directors and
begin the contract negotiations with the city of Spokane. Several people
have expressed interest in being on the board which will initially consist
of 6 local supporters and 1 city parks employee.

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 04th, 2010.
- Please spread the word and feel free to bring friends and family to the next meeting.

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*** Spokane BMX Track Photo ***

Spokane, Washington -- 11/05/2009
Photo - Soccer field and lighted BMX track in the distance.

Photo by Spokane Parks and Recreation.

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*** Spokane BMX Failure Rankles ***

Spokane, Washington -- 10/19/2009
Park Deals Failure Rankles. Land swap near Albi falls apart,
triggering finger-pointing. Construction crews continue to work
on the new playfields north of Joe Albi Stadium in front of the
wooded area at the rear that was to be preserved but now may
be lost. ( More )

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*** Spokane Youth Board Vacancies ***

Spokane, Washington -- 09/22/2009
The Spokane Regional Youth Department and Chase Youth Commission
are recruiting members for five open youth positions on various City of
Spokane and Spokane County Boards and Commissions. ( More )

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*** A Small Spokane BMX Update ***

Spokane, Washington -- 09/14/2009
The Spokane BMX Blog give us all a small update of the new
BMX track soon to be. Things are coming along fine. ( More )

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*** Spokane BMX Meeting - June 8th ***

Spokane, Washington -- 06/04/2009
The Spokane BMX Blog reports the next BMX Meeting
is Monday, June 8th, 2009 at the Brown Elementary
5102 Driscoll Blvd. at 6:30 pm.

With guest, John David from the ABA BMX.
I believe to go over track design details
of the new Joe Albi Stadium BMX track.

If you live in the Spokane area and would like
to know more about the new BMX race track,
this meeting would be a good one to show up at.

ACC - www.phpbb88.com/genesbmx/viewtopic.php?t=6091

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*** Spokane Bike Racks Competition ***

Spokane, Washington -- 06/04/2009
Bike Racks and Benches For Spokane Neighborhoods Competition.
Spokane Arts Commission is seeking artists to design bike racks
and benches for neighborhoods throughout Spokane. Currently,
the Garland Business District has funding for bike racks. Designs
will be kept on file for other neighborhood and community groups
to use as money becomes available. ( More )

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*** Spokane Sports Complex Taking Shape ***

Spokane, Washington ( KREM 2 News ) -- 05/20/2009
Barry Russell, Spokane Parks & Rec. Director, Quotes:
The BMX is probably going to be one of the best BMX
locations in the Pacific Northwest.

Slideshow:- Earth-movers and plan designs.
Video:- Will have several soccer fields and softball diamonds.

Construction of a new and massive sports complex is in full swing
at Joe Albi Stadium. KREM 2 News cameras were let in beyond the
gates Wednesday to see how the new facilities are coming along.

The sound of heavy machinery rarely stops. The work area is immense.
But youll have to look from high above Joe Albi Stadium to see just
how much land it covers.

Spokane Park and Recreation Director Barry Russell is happy to see
work underway on the citys new sports complex. Work started two
years after voters approved a 43-million dollar bond for pools and
parks improvements. 10-million of those dollars are being spent at
the sports complex.

Work started April, 1st. Since then, workers with Bouten Construction
have moved 64-acres of dirt. By mid-August, theyll plant seeds. By fall,
most of the park should start to turn green.

Plans for the complex reveal eight soccer fields, five softball
diamonds, a BMX track as well as a neighborhood park with
a splash pad and basketball court.

One feature the Parks Department is excited about is that the fields
will be irrigated with recyclable water. The complex is expected to
open August of next year.

CC - www.krem.com/news/local/stories

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*** A Spokane BMX Blog On Google`s Blogger ***

Spokane, Washington -- 05/11/2009



A new BMX Race Track is coming to Spokane some time soon.
A new blog spot on Google`s Blogger for the Spokane BMX Track.
It shows some updates, plans, and some photos. Check it out at:
( http://spokanebmx09.blogspot.com )

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*** $7.8 Million Construction Bid Awarded For
Phase I Of Albi-Merkel Sports Complex ***


Spokane, Washington -- 03/25/2009
The Spokane Park Board has approved awarding the contract for
construction of Phase I recreational facilities at the Albi-Merkel
Sports Complex to Bouten Construction Co. with a winning bid of
$7,810,800.

The project involves site work improvements consisting of five
illuminated natural turf softball fields, one illuminated artificial
turf soccer field, seven natural turf soccer fields, a neighborhood
park, approximately 1,040 parking stalls, trails, water/sewer
improvements and landscape/irrigation improvements. Building
improvements include a softball concessions building, soccer
concessions building, restroom facility, and maintenance center.

Park Board also approved the bid for construction of six new
splash pads to be located in Franklin, Glass, Manito, Pacific,
and Underhill parks and in the new Albi-Merkel neighborhood park.

The winning bidder for the splash pad project is Cameron-Reilly LLC
with a bid of $736,000 (not including tax). CC - www.spokanecity.org

** City Board Inks Contract For Albi Redesign **
Construction of sports complex begins in April

After more than a decade of planning and negotiations,
the Spokane Park Board finalized a contract this week
that will redevelop and enlarge a park near Joe Albi Stadium.

Construction of a new sports complex for softball and soccer
at Dwight Merkel Field will start next month, following the
approval of a $7.8 million contract with Bouten Construction
Co., of Spokane.

Park leaders expressed relief that the bid was low enough
to leave money for a BMX track, skateboard park and other
amenities that will be built under future contracts.

Obviously, were very excited to see it all coming to fruition,
said former city Councilman Rob Crow, who was appointed
by then-Mayor Dennis Hession in 2006 to lead a committee
that examined the future of Joe Albi and surrounding land.

Voters set aside about $4 million for the park in 1999 by approving
the sale of other parkland. But a series of controversies, including
neighborhood traffic concerns, delayed the project.

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*** Spokane BMX Track News And Questions ? ***




Gene`s BMX News -- 12/29/2008
As of December 29th, 2008 there is not much news to report about
Spokane BMX. We have seen a big hand full of e-mails from people
over the holidays asking about Spokane BMX and the new BMX
Track to be. - But there is not to much to report.

I hope this can help answer some or most of the emails that I have seen.

Questions we are seeing in emails are like, Is the Spokane BMX Track
going to be an ABA BMX Sanctioned track? or an NBL BMX track?

Answer: We do not know what BMX Sanction it will be. But it would be
nice to see an NBL BMX Sanctioned track here in the Great Northwest
to add in choices for the BMX riders so not everyone would have to be
so monopolised to the ABA BMX Sanction. It would be nice to see some
changes in the Great Northwest with choices for people. - Who knows, it
could help get more people to turn out for BMX race events for all of the
tracks in the area. But chances are since all of the other BMX tracks in
the Great Northwest are with the ABA BMX Sanction, -- it is more than
likley that Spokane BMX Track may be monopolised too.

Will the Spokane BMX Track be monopolised with the ABA BMX Sanction?
or will the Spokane BMX Track make some changes and give people choices
with the NBL BMX Sanction? - Only time will tell, the track is not built yet.

And also we have seen a few email questions asking about how to
build an Olympic BMX Track like the one that was used in the
2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China .

Answer: First off the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China that BMX
track was made just for the Olympic Games. The BMX riders using it
where of the top of the top Pro BMX riders in the world. The track was
made to test the skills of the top top Pro BMX riders in the world, Not
your everyday BMX racer could race on that track.

Is what Spokane BMX Track should be looking at in building a BMX track
is a BMX race track that your everyday youth can ride or race his BMX
bike on. There are not many BMX world Pro riders in the Great Northwest.

An Olympic sized BMX Track would be a wast for Spokane. Take your pick
of one of the two BMX Sanctions they are nice BMX Sanctions and they
both have BMX track lay outs that fit for everyday BMX racer/riders.

Giving fact that both of the BMX Sanctions know how to build nice
BMX race tracks and that every youth BMX rider can ride on them.
Check out the BMX tracks in Moses Lake and in Coeur D'Alene, ID
they are set up for the everyday BMX racer.

As for big BMX National events I say good luck but you may see some
smaller-big sized BMX events that may end up on the track. - The ABA
BMX Sanction is sat in there way for BMX National events here in the
Northwest. The ABA BMX National events are nice events But they are
also a wast to most communitys as the ABA BMX Builds a BMX track in
some arena in the N.W. for a three day BMX event, Then they rip it out.
You would think they would host the National events and leave the BMX
tracks for the communitys, but they do not. A BMX National event in the
Northwest via using the NBL BMX Sanction, - It is unknown. A NBL BMX
race event in the Northwest would be something new and exciting for everyone.

Why is Spokane BMX stalling on making this new BMX track? - It is just
a few lumps of shaped up dirt. You would think that since both of the BMX
Sanctions can and do make new BMX tracks with in four days before a big
BMX National event, that Spokane would have built this BMX track by now.

- So we say, Take your pick of one of the two Sanctions ( ABA BMX or NBL
BMX ) and get it going. If no one was to step up and run this new BMX track,
Build it anyways as a Recreational BMX Track. -- In all, A BMX Sanctioned
or BMX Recreational track would give the area youth something good to do.

Also something else that Spokane may want to think about is a BMX Freestle
Park. - Something like a skate park just for BMX bikes and some dirt jumps
off to the side. The BMX Freestyle is a lot more popular over the BMX racing
among via the youth.

All other: Right now, all we know is listed on this Spokane BMX page.
When and if we get more news reports - we will post them up.

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*** BMX Track Update For Albi Complex ***

Spokane, Washington ( Paul H ) -- 11/13/2008



Thursday evening, November 13th, the Parks Department held a meeting
at Browne Elementary to discuss the latest developments, the relationship
with the ABA (American BMX Assn.) and future operations of the track. Barry
Russell, Director of Parks & Recreation, provided the introduction. Mike Aho,
Recreation Supervisor and lead for the BMX project for the Parks Department,
moderated the meeting and fielded questions.

Bottom line - Parks & Recreation is actively seeking input on the BMX
track from local BMX organizations, interested citizens and the ABA.

The Friends of Joe Albi strongly supports the BMX track and anticipates
the track will be a significant benefit to kids of all ages and skill levels.

We do not like the proposed location of the track because it is not visible
from public roads. The stadium blocks viewing from Wellesly and trees & parking
blocks viewing from Assembly. A better location would be along Wellesly where the
neighborhood could clearly see if questionable activities were going on. The area
north and west of the stadium should be reserved for future stadium parking.

CC - www.friendsofjoealbi.com

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*** BMX Track Project Meeting Albi Sports Complex ***

Spokane, Washington -- 11/06/2008

A meeting has been scheduled for - ( Thursday, November 13th, 2008 )
from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Browne School, 5102 N. Driscoll Blvd. in the
Multipurpose Room to update all who are interested in the new BMX track.

We will be discussing the latest developments, the relationship with the
ABA and future operations of the track, Mike Aho said. Please feel free
to invite others to this meeting and if you have questions please contact
Mike Aho at 625-6246. - CC - http://www.spokanepoolsandplay.com

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*** Spokane BMX Track News? ***

Spokane, Washington -- 10/17/2008

As of October 17th, 2008 there is not much news to report about Spokane BMX.
We have seen a big hand full of e-mails from people since June asking about the
Spokane BMX and the new BMX Track to be. - But there is not to much more.
The www.spokanepoolsandplay.com reports: construction to begin at the end of
October 2008 (the end of soccer season); new Softball fields to be available late
Summer 2009; new Soccer fields to be available Spring 2010. Nothing about BMX.

Right now, That is all we know at Gene`s BMX.com.
When and if we get more news - we will post it up.

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*** 2008 Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam Tour ***

Spokane, Washington -- 04/28/2008



The 2008 Tony Hawks Boom Boom HuckJam Tour event to jam in to
Spokane, Wednesday August 20th, 2008 at the Spokane Fairgrounds.

It's an all outdoor tour once again this year, featuring Tony along
with HuckJam favorites Kevin Staab and Jesse Fritsch along with
a crew of more of the best skaters, BMXers, & Freestyle Moto-X
in the world. The event has the world famous HuckJam demo ramp
on hand, plenty of music, and lots of great stuff to check out in the
HuckJam Village. For Information: www.boomboomhuckjam.com
Also see: www.tonyhawk.com for information about Tony Hawk.

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*** $8 million To Acquire Spokane Raceway Park ***

Airway Heights, Washington -- 04/21/2008

Spokane County successfully won four parcels of land including
the racetrack at a Thursday auction for the Spokane Raceway Park.

The county bought the land for $12,500/acre. The County's winning
bid for the four parcels was $4,326,987.50, which includes a 10%
commission for brokers and the auction company. In all, bidders
spent $8,210,405 to acquire all parcels of the park.

Controversy surrounds the county's interest in this park, as they
would need to use tax payers money to help in their auction bid.

Commissioner Todd Mielke commented on the potential of the site,
"The purchase today gives Spokane County an opportunity to expand
the adjacent ORV Park and consider other recreational possibilities
ranging from soccer fields to a BMX course.

The Board was especially pleased when the seller announced their
commitment to handling any environmental remediation that is deemed
necessary at the site. Since the seller will bear those costs, we Spokane
County actually paid less than our appraisal stated for these parcels."

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*** Albi Sports Complex Community Meetings ***


Spokane, Washington -- 04/16/2008
Objective: replace all existing fields at Albi Stadium, with the exception of the
the Merkel Baseball Field. To include a 5-diamond Softball complex with a
central building suitable for tournament play, multiple soccer fields of varying
size (for all users), BMX track, skate park, play facilities, restrooms,
parking, paved access, and a maintenance facility.

Budget: $7.6 million (bond funds); $4.0 million carries over ($11.6 million total)
Design & Engineering Consultant: Robert Droll (Lacey, WA) Schedule: construction
to begin at the end of October 2008 (end of soccer season); new Softball fields
to be available late Summer 2009; new Soccer fields to be available Spring 2010.

Public Input:
( West Central Community Center 1603 N Belt St. Spokane, WA 99205 )
Albi Skate Court Design Workshop Monday April 21st 2008, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Albi Sports Complex Community Meeting/Traffic Scoping Meeting - Tuesday
April 22nd 2008, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

CC - http://www.spokanepoolsandplay.com/subpage.php?page=4
ACC - http://www.spokanepoolsandplay.com

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*** Spokane Sets Input On Master Bike Plan ***


Spokane, Washington -- 03/26/2008
Citizens are invited to three open houses in April to provide input as
the City of Spokane updates its Master Bike Plan. The update includes
identifying ways to make Spokane more bicycle friendly, improving bike
routes, signage, and other elements. ( MORE )

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*** "Crave" 2007 Concert And Extreme Sports ***

Spokane, Washington -- 11/11/2007



Generation Alive - will host a faith-based concert and extreme sports show
called "Crave" at the Spokane Arena Thursday November 15th 2007 at 7 p.m.

Music will be performed by headliner Hawk Nelson, with The Send and
Tripple Threat. BMXer Mike Mancuso - professional skier Josh Kasper
and World Series pitcher Jeremy Affeldt of the Colorado Rockies will provide
entertainment.

The event is free to all youth and young adults. - first come, first seated.
For more information call (509) 926-1040 - www.cravespokane.com


Photos - Crave BMX Extreme Show Spokane Washington 11-15-2007


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*** Spokane General Election Returns ***


Spokane, Washington -- 11/07/2007
General Election Returns For The City of Spokane Prop 1 POOLS & PARKS
City of Spokane Parks Improve was Approved by voters with an overwhelming
68.1228% yes vote, this $42.9 million bond issue will fund the construction
and development of a variety of aquatics and youth sports projects throughout
the City of Spokane. The bond will also fund development of Phase 1 of a new
Sports Complex on the Joe Albi Stadium site located north and slightly west of
the current Stadium. Phase 1 will include softball and soccer fields, a skateboard
park, a BMX bike course, play equipment, trails and improved parking.

In addition to funding from the bond, improvements at the Joe Albi Stadium
Complex will also be funded by $4 million from the sale of park property that
was approved by City voters in 1999 and subsequently held in reserve.

So fare it looks like Spokane may be getting a BMX track!
We will keep you posted as Gene`s BMX is watching this one.

Photo 1.jpg - Current proposed plan for Albi Sports Complex ( Note: BMX Track )
Photo 2.jpg - Improvement Bond for Aquatics and Youth Sports November 6, 2007

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*** Spokane 42.9 Mill Parks Bond On Ballot ***


Spokane, Washington -- 08/14/2007
Monday night Spokane city council members voted unanimously to put a
42.9 million dollar parks bond measure on the November ballot. The Park
bond that will appear on the ballot will include the following:

Sport/Recreation Improvements at the Joe Albi Stadium Site - $11 million
Construct improvements including softball facilities, soccer fields, a skate
board park, a BMX Bike park, playground, and related facilities. ( More )

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*** Spokane Park Board Downsizes Bond ***


Spokane, Washington -- 08/10/2007
The Spokane City Council has less than a week to approve a revised park
bond measure before it goes out to voters on the November ballot. There
are two major changes. That means there will not be a $26 million indoor
aquatics pool and an $11 million promenade at Riverfront Park. ( More )

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*** Spokane BMX Complex Bond On November Ballot ***


Spokane, Washington -- 06/26/2007
The Spokane City Council spent three hours discussing the proposed
sports complex at Joe Albi Stadium Monday night and realized to get
a bond passed plans must include a new baseball field for Little League
Baseball. Little Leaguers turned out in force at Monday night’s city
council meeting. Spokanes baseball community opposed a preliminary
sports complex plan that has soccer fields, a BMX track, a skate park
and a softball complex. ( More )

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*** Spokane Joe Albi BMX Complex: What Do You Think? ***


Spokane, Washington -- 06/12/2007
The Spokane City Council is asking citizens what they think about a
proposal for the Joe Albi Recreation Complex, which would be developed
on property surrounding Joe Albi Stadium in northwest Spokane.

Comments are requested by Monday, June 25, 2007
via email to: ( albicomplex@spokanecity.org )

Citizens also can call the City Council office at 625-6255 or
write to the Council Member Rob Crow, City Hall, 808 W.
Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA, 99201. ( More )

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*** Spokane Sports Park By Albi Has New Legs - BMX ***


Spokane, Washington -- 06/05/2007
Spokane voters may get a second chance to vote on a sports complex near
Joe Albi Stadium, but this time the city would ask for money. The Spokane
City Council on Monday heard arguments about an $11 million plan to build
softball and soccer fields, a BMX track and skate park on land north of
the stadium. ( More )

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*** Albi Complex Still In Question - BMX ***


Spokane, Washington -- 04/10/2007
Spokane voters spoke - more than eight years ago.
But a sports complex at Joe Albi Stadium - approved
with 80 percent voter support - remains unbuilt. ( More )

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*** Gene`s BMX Gets Email About Albi BMX Complex ***


Gene`s BMX News -- 11/03/2006
I got an e-mail on Nov 3rd 2006 about someone looking to build a new
bmx track in Spokane, Here is a copy of the e-mail if anyone wants to
help this out. It would be cool to see a BMX track in the Spokane area.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: BMX track near Albi Stadium in Spokane
Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 06:22:07 -0800
From: "PAUL HYNDMAN" paul529@msn.com
To: Geneb2(-AT-)genesbmx.com

Gene, I am a member of the Friends of Joe Albi and also part of a task
force to identify youth venues for lands around Albi Stadium in Spokane.

Would you be willing to talk with me about the considerations for building
a BMX course near Albi Stadium and building short courses around town?

Has anyone from Spokane contacted you for info on this yet?

Of course costs (initial, operating, maintenance), revenue, possible
tournament circuits, covered track, and popularity are areas I don't
have a good handle on.

I would enjoy talking with you or others about this.

I can be reached at 509-475-4474 or email
me your phone # and I will call you.

Thanks, Paul Hyndman Vice-President , Friends of Joe Albi
----------------

Also see the forums thread post at the
North Idaho BMX Forum - BMX @Joe Albe
( http://www.northidahobmx.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=182 )
NOTE: Ongoing Postings Of What Is Happing In Forums Thread.

RCain - Sun Nov 05, 2006
I talked to Paul Hyndman about spokanes vision for a BMX track,
they are looking for BMX people who are interested in participating
in the formation of a corporation to run sanctioned races and maintain
the facilities.

All of you folks who have showed interest in starting another BMX
track in the area should jump on this, the city of spokane has the
money on hand to build a world class facility,all they need is interested
people to "get r done" this is a copy of the e mail that Paul sent me it
would be nice if some BMX people showed up at this meeting.

The next taskforce meeting for the Joe Albi Recreational Complex
will be Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 in the Spokane City Hall
conference room 5A.

It would be nice to have one or two representatives
of the BMX community sit in for the upcoming meeting.

They would be more observers than participants, but they could see where
the City of Spokane is going as far as considering building a BMX course.

My phone is (509) 475-4474 if anyone wants to
contact me about the meeting or with any questions.

Thanks again, Paul Hyndman, Vice-President , Friends of Joe Albi

~~~ Added Information Sources: ~~~
Friends of Joe Albi Web Site - http://www.friendsofjoealbi.com

Joe Albi Stadium - WikiMapia Map - http://wikimapia.org/37762

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Spokane Hillyard Skatepark


The Hillyard Skatepark is located at the Northeast corner of Harmon
Park (just south of Francis on Market and Decatur) Spokane, Wash.
BMX Bike pegs must be approved for skatepark riding to reduce damage.


The Hillyard Skate Park Is Still Open Today!
( www.nwskateparks.com/hillyard-skatepark )

GPS SkateParks.com See: Hillyard Skate Park In Spokane, WA
-Or-
Concrete Disciples.com - Hillyard Skatepark Spokane, Washington

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Spokane BMX - This And That
Just Some BMX Riding In Spokane Found Surfin The Web


~~~~~ PHOTOS ~~~~~


~~~~~ VIDEOS ~~~~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Ihf8-fofE
( A BMXer Riding A Bike Around In Spokane )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD7GBA5DdHU
( A Few BMXers Riding Around In Spokane Skate Park )

~~~~~ NEWS & QUOTES ~~~~~

http://www.spokanenews.org/articles/pages/106.php
( Lets All Make A Difference, Extreme Sports In Spokane )
http://www.spokanejournal.com/index.php?id=article&sub=84&keyword=
( Taking Design To The Extreme - April 06, 2001 ) = Archived.

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Spokane BMX In History

* A flyer photo from 1995 Spokane Inland Impire BMX.


Here are some photos from 1994 of the BMX track in
Spokane that was behind the Rosaurs suppermarket.

( Click Photo A Directory Of Photos )


Historical BMX Tracks List For Washington State = Spokane.
: Washington BMX Track Names ~~ City ~~ BMX Sanction ~:

* AirWay Heights BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX
* Inland Empire BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX
* Riverside BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX
* Spokane Super X BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX
* Spokane BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX - Behind the market
* Spokane BMX - Spokane, WA - ABA BMX - Joe Albi - today

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history storys/photos and or anything Spokane BMX and would like to help out?
Please send it to: Gene`s BMX.com and it will be added in. -- Thank you, Enjoy!

Geneb...Wenatchee,Washington-USA
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