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This month’s proposed addition to Keizer Rapids Park: a BMX track for bicycle riders and racers.

Martin Trerise and Michelle Saavedra, who have operated the Capitol City BMX at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem since 2007, brought the idea to Tuesday’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting.

The idea was discussed a month after a proposed three-day music concert series at KRP was mentioned.

Trerise and Saavedra are looking for a place to build a dirt track with jumps that could be used both for races and for practice.

“There are a lot of kids who use the track (at the fairgrounds). Plus there are some people 40-plus who want to ride around the track,” said Trerise, who estimated riders in Salem range in age from 3 to 50. “It certainly brings out the child in all age groups. The positives include the potential economic benefits for having a BMX track in the community.”

Saavedra noted all children get to participate with BMX races.

“It’s not like team sports,” she said. “I just left a football game; there were kids on the sidelines the whole game. With BMX, everyone gets a chance to ride, regardless of skill level.”

The two noted they have sanctioning from BMX and American Bicycle Association, which includes a $5 million insurance policy.

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