The Lincoln Park BMX track in Port Angeles, shown Thursday, will receive a new starting gate after it was approved by the Port Angeles City Council. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

The Lincoln Park BMX track in Port Angeles, shown Thursday, will receive a new starting gate after it was approved by the Port Angeles City Council. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Port Angeles council OKs BMX gate

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles City Council has approved the $19,600 purchase of a new starting gate for the Lincoln Park BMX Track.

The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to authorize the city manager to buy the electric starting safety gate from SASU of France, which out-bid an Illinois company for the equipment.

“I was really excited to see the starting gate that they chose,” said freshman Councilwoman Kate Dexter, whose sons have raced at the BMX track.

“This is so much safer than what is there now.”

The Lincoln Park BMX Association, which operates the city-owned track, received $50,000 in lodging tax funds to upgrade the facility and rebuild the starting hill.

The association returned $20,000 to the city to purchase a starting gate so that city staff can install it, Port Angeles Parks and Recreation Director Corey Delikat said.

“They are also donating $15,000 in materials, equipment and volunteerism as part of the project,” Delikat told the council.

Led by first-year track operator Sean Colman, the Lincoln Park BMX Association has already made a “tremendous improvement” at the facility, Councilwoman Cherie Kidd said.

“By building this infrastructure, they’ll be attracting not just regional but also statewide competition, bringing greater tourism to Port Angeles,” Kidd said.

The lodging tax fund supports marketing efforts or capital projects that put “heads in beds” by encouraging overnight stays for those traveling at least 50 miles.

Colman thanked the council for its “belief in a non-traditional youth and adult activity.”

The association has booked a semi-national competition for July 8, Colman said.

“It’s bigger than we’ve had in the previous eight or nine years,” Colman told the council during a public comment period.

“There’s still other things in the works, but nothing concrete yet.”

Dexter, who has ridden on the BMX track herself, said the new starting gate will be safer for young BMX racers “and the grown-ups, too.”

“I think we should be really grateful for that upgrade, and I’m glad that we could participate in that,” Dexter said.

The BMX association also received a $33,556 bid from Pro Gate of Illinois, Delikat said in a staff memo.

Delikat told the council that the association has done an “amazing job” repairing the 25-year-old track at the corner of West Lauridsen Boulevard and L Street.

“It doesn’t look anything like it did, and that’s what we were shooting for,” Delikat said.

“Sean has a great commitment to the track and he knows a lot of people out there who want to donate, and he’s got a lot of resources available to him. It’s been a great partnership.”


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula

More in News

Fair positions open in Port Angeles

The Clallam County Fair announced that it is accepting… Continue reading

Sequim School officials mull changes to community school project

A significant portion of the Sequim Community School remains in… Continue reading

Boy stopped on Port Angeles bridge after suicide threat

A 15-year-old boy who threatened to commit suicide by… Continue reading

OMC considering new board member

Olympic Medical Center commissioners will interview applicants for a… Continue reading

Price talks further delay Dungeness crab season

The commercial Dungeness crab season had… Continue reading

Applications accepted for Jefferson County Conservation Futures projects

Jefferson County is accepting applications for funds to protect… Continue reading

NEWS BRIEFS: Fire District 2 to discuss potential litigation today … and other items

Clallam County Fire District 2 commissioners will discuss potential… Continue reading

Sequim seeing rise in swan population

This winter, locals can look to Sequim’s skies and waters… Continue reading

New safety fencing expected on bridges by mid-September

Permanent safety barriers will be installed on the Eighth… Continue reading

Most Read