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12/18/2012 6:01:00 AM
BMX track in Kingman possible by February, supporters say

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - The Mohave County Fairgrounds Association and local BMX enthusiasts are optimistic that they can jump one final hurdle before starting construction on an officially licensed bicycle racetrack at the fairgrounds.

The Fair Association has to get permission from the Board of Supervisors before it can start moving dirt to build the track, said Toni Swats, the association's spokeswoman.

Joy Brotherton, another new supervisor joining the Board in January, thought the idea would be a boon to the area.

"I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it," she said. "I know some residents that live in that area have had some concerns about the noise from the events that have been held there, but I think it's something that both adults and kids can use and enjoy."

Jim Kloepfer of Bicycle World on Northern Avenue said a group of local BMX enthusiasts has been working on the project for two or three years.

The group hopes to have an official track-building team from USA BMX at the fairgrounds in mid-January to help plan a 1,200-foot dirt track, Kloepfer said. He's already got a number of contractors waiting to donate their time to build the track. If all goes well, the track should be completed before the start of the 2013 race season, which begins in late February.

"I think it will be super," Kloepfer said. "I think we're going to have people start coming out of the woodwork."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: J Lynn

Why hasn't the newspaper given an update on this? Where is the project at? Both Bullhead and Lake Havasu have tracks - this would be great for the racers. They wouldn't have to travel to Vegas or Phoenix as often for points.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Great News

This is fantastic news and has me more motivated to join the Fairgrounds board!

Thanks to all who have corrected those who did not understand the County fairgrounds would be located in the city with the County Seat.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: May the Best City Win

Well it looks like the never ending battle of the 3 Mohave County Mini-mights is again being discussed here.

It is really unfortunate that there has always been friction instead of unity.

Bullhead, Havasu, and Kingman all have populations of around 50k in their metro areas. That's 150,000. Can you imagine what force we could have pushing a population of 150,000? Take out a map of the county and plot the physical center of the cities. It ends up around Yucca. It would have been great if our county leaders were innovative. Three hundred or so acres in that area could be devoted to a major shopping mall, airport, and state university, modern fairgrounds, and possibly even convention facilities. Instead we have Kingman Airport which has very weak air service to Phoenix. Bullhead Airport which keeps promising a major airline yet years after being built still has irratic charter service only. And Havasu which has nothing but a few private planes using it. Higher education - Kingman and BHC has the few programs under the banner of NAU. LHC a small birth of ASU. All 3 have the lackluster MCC. Shopping - Bullhead has Target, Pennys, Michaels and a few other bigboxes that teter on closing. LHC same with Hobby Lobby, Lowes etc. Kingman - well it hosts the world famous Super Wal-Mart and not much else. Fairgrounds has always been an embarrassment. Convention facilities - aaahh a couple hotels with meeting rooms.

By pooling our resources we could have modern facilities which would benefit all county resident. Oh, well let's just duke it out.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: RJ Ktown

Hey Rick Sherwood - Makes sense to have the county fairgrounds at the county seat, dontcha think?

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: J L

I think that is a great idea. Kingman needs more entertainment, more sporting events and more things for the kids in our community.

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: jist me sittin

IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, and it would not be the first time today, BMX is pedal bikes.

DEAR Rick ..... the fairgrounds have been where they are at for at least 50 years ... they did not get moved there. Kingman is also most central in the count.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Casillas

I am really glad that this is on the verge of actually happening! BMX Racing is a great, healthy, family sport that is practically noise-free. And it is also an olympic sport now .BMX racing brings friends and families together, and it is a sport for all ages, and genders. Kudos to Kingman!! For more information on the sport, and the sanctioning body. All interested should go to - www.usabmx.com

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@Rick Sherwood


A) Kingman is the county seat which means that most things that are "county" belong in the seat.

B) The Fairgrounds have been where they are for several decades, you don't move them.

C) If you put the Fairgrounds in a central county location, it would be in the middle of nowhere and event attendance would suffer...right now it's central, in the center of the county seat where it's been for decades, right where it belongs!

There's no reason to move them. I chose to buy a house in this neighborhood in large part because the Fairgrounds are close and I could be near some action. If you want to be near the Fairgrounds, then do what I did and move near them...and those who don't want them near you, then move away. Simple.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

Ref:Rick Sherwood
In case you haven't noticed, Kingman is the county seat in Mohave County! The superior court system in Mohave Co started here and there are "sub stations in Bullhead and LHC."
The county recorder's office is here, the Board of Supervisors meet here, the Housing dept, etc....!


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: J J

Can they PLEASE make this track look like Helltrack from the amazing 80s movie RAD!? That would be so awesome!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Rick Sherwood

Well I guess it's been decided as to where to locate the COUNTY fairgrounds, in KINGMAN. It's no surprise as we now have two county supervisors from KINGMAN. I doubt many from the west side of the county will enjoy their money being spent in this way.
I say again, the fair grounds should be central to the county, so everyone (within the county) can have an opportunity to enjoy the events at the COUNTY fairgrounds.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shue

2 of those 3 years have been dealing with City and County government.

Now THAT is a travesty of justice.


Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Sante fe Jay

Something else needed.......a small "pee wee" track for youth dirt bikes. Limit the bikes to four stroke's that are 110 cc and under. This would help with dust and noise issues since these bikes are for smaller kids who don't go real fast. (Maybe the two local motorcycle shops could lobby for this as well ??????)

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Sante Fe Jay

THIS IS AWESOME NEWS! The City needs to do what ever it can to support this. The biggest problem with Kingman (ok, one of the biggest problems) is that there is nothing for the youth to do here! I moved here 18 months ago. My 15 year old son moved out with me from his moms 3 months later. His stay only lasted 2 months and he moved back simply because there was nothing to do here. He would take his BMX bike to the skateboard park, but that was illegal and he was always being run off by KPD.



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