FARMINGTON -- The outdoor arena at Legacy Events Center will become the near-permanent summer home to a new BMX bike track this year.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission approved an agreement with RAD Canyon BMX that will bring a dirt track for bikes to the county's west Farmington facility, 151 S. 1100 West.
The contract will have RAD Canyon, an American Bike Association-sanctioned track, pay the county $100 per week 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, but this year it wanted to take its activity outdoors and offer a summerlong venue.
On April 1, weather permitting, RAD Canyon will begin setting up the track, officials said.
The BMX dirt track will be removed from the outdoor arena around Aug. 1 to make way for the annual Davis County Fair demolition derby held there, Hansen said.
The county fair is to be held Aug. 17-20 at the Legacy Events Center.
Should RAD Canyon choose to do so, Hansen said, the agreement does allow it to rebuild a bike track for fall use.
"It's a different event and a different kind of series," said Kevin Dilley, who will serve as track operator in conjunction with RAD Canyon.
A similar bike track in South Jordan operated by RAD Canyon has been successful, Dilley said, and based on the large number of riders in Northern Utah, the company feels there will be a demand in Davis County from those riders who do not want to go as far as South Jordan to participate.
"If you build a place," Dilley said, "they will come."
Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn agrees.
"I think this is going to be a great add for Davis County," he said.
Dilley said there are adults who participate in BMX bike racing, a sport that crosses over different age groups.
It is the hope of RAD Canyon to get a track in place within 10 days of the weather warming up, Dilley said.
The track will be developed by adult volunteers whose children participate in the sport, Hansen said.
He said volunteers building the track should save the county thousands of dollars in labor costs.
"It's a great opportunity for us."