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November 30/05 2:55 am - From Playground To Podium: A BMX Race Facility At Marilyn Bell Park (Toronto)

Posted by Editoress on 11/30/05

From Playground To Podium: BMX Race Facility At Marilyn Bell Park
Courtesy Nicky Pearson, OCA, BMX Growth and Development

A Community Meeting Hosted by Councillor Sylvia Watson, Ward 14 Parkdale/ High Park

Contribute your opinion and ideas about the proposed construction of this important recreational facility

Be sure to attend this meeting if you are:
- concerned about recreational opportunities for youth in our neighbourhood
- interested in leading a healthy lifestyle through BMX and other active cycling opportunities
-interested in the planning and design of the proposed park

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Masaryk Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave

A draw will be held for a competition level BMX bike for attendees.

For More Information Please Call 416.392.7919
Or contact the OCA office at 416.426.7416

Just a bit of history on this project:

Torontonian Mike Heaton has worked for 8 years to get a BMX race track in Toronto. In March of 2005 the OCA came on board to assist and the track was approved in June 2005 to be be built at Marilyn Bell Park (Jamieson and Lakeshore, just west of the Ex). The track will be built to National standards in the hopes on hosting the National Championships or a UCI International Event in the coming years.

City Councillor Sylvia Watson is hoping to break ground for the new track in May 2006, but as per city rules, we are hosting a second community meeting allowing for citizens in the area to ask questions. The first meeting held last year showed overwhelming support for the building of the facility.

If there are any questions, please email and we hope to see a lot of cyclists at the meeting.


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