By Zach Chouteau
Hamstrung by weather-related factors, Richmond’s sprawling Dirt World bike track venue is now aiming for a mid-June debut.
“March was so rainy that our construction got put on hold after seven days of work,” said AC Thompson, a steering committee member and key figure in the project. “We had a 50,000-pound, $500,000 machine out there and it was just sinking into the mud!”
So while the previous ETA of a late April launch didn’t materialize, Thompson is hopeful for a mid-June opening.
“We met on site yesterday,” Thompson remarked last week, “and our current plan is go back to work with heavy equipment about May 23rd and wrap up around June 15th. At that point the park should be open for riders.”
For those unfamiliar with the project, Dirt World will be the East Bay’s first public bike park and home to pump tracks, jumps and obstacles, and a mini-BMX track.
Dirt World will serve riders of both BMX and mountain bikes, and will be located on a 2.1-acre lot along the Richmond Greenway trail between 23rd and 20th streets (parallel to Ohio and Chanslor avenues). Former BMX professional and seasoned track builder Alex Fowler is heading the installation through his company, Action Sports Construction. The overall project is led by the Dope Sauce Bike Club, Rich City Rides and the Richmond BMX Crew.
You can track down more info at www.dirtworld.org.