BMX track has grand opening postponed

May 20 2011 - 6:07am

FARMINGTON -- The grand opening of the Legacy Raceway BMX Track has been postponed indefinitely as crews deal with 6 to 8 inches of standing water on the track.

Because of the water and forecasted weather pattern, it is likely the Farmington track will not open until after the Memorial Day weekend, Legacy Raceway BMX track operator Kevin Dilley said.

"I hate to make plans anymore," said Dilley, who has dealt with the disappointment of postponing three grand openings of the track during the month of May. The latest cancellation is today.

"If the weather looks bad, like it does for next week, we won't be able to set a date. I just don't know," Dilley said.

If the clay track is damp and someone rides on it, there is the possibility the track may dry with ruts in it, forcing a resurfacing for the entire track, Dilley said.

"We need a couple of 80-degree days," he said. "The minute Mother Nature allows us, we'll be at it."

The roughly 1,400-foot track, at 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, is Northern Utah's first American Bicyclist Association-sanctioned BMX track, Dilley said.

The track, scheduled to remain open through Sept. 30, is owned by RAD Canyon, of Salt Lake City.

Dilley said he anticipates a large number of riders who will want to compete on the dirt track, based on the large number of riders in Northern Utah.

In January, the Davis County Commission approved an agreement with RAD Canyon BMX to build a BMX track at the county's Legacy Events Center grounds.

The contract calls for RAD Canyon to pay the county $100 for each week the outdoor race track is operating, said Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen.

In the past, RAD Canyon rented the county's indoor arena for winter events, Hansen said. This year, however, the company wanted to take its activity outdoors and offer a warm-weather venue.

The BMX track will be temporarily removed from the outdoor arena Aug. 1 to make room for the annual Davis County Fair demolition derby, Hansen said.

The fair is scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at the Legacy Events Center.

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