Okotoks BMX Club deserves a long-term home


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 02:18 pm

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Dear Editor,

I have been a member of the Okotoks BMX Club for a few years now, as well a member of the board and I have been blown away by the support the board and the parents have provided to keep the club and track running.

The track is 100 per cent funded and maintained by the volunteers of the Okotoks BMX club. The Town of Okotoks has given us only a year to year lease for numerous years now which has deterred us from being able to apply for grants or sink any funds into the track. They would not commit to a long term piece of land, and have deferred us year after year. Well now we are at the point where we have been informed we are losing this land due to the expansion of the recycling centre and 2014 will be our last season in this location. We have over 150 riders registered to date for the 2014 season, the majority kids are under the age of 10, so I would hope the Town would ensure this area remains safe for all our local youth and families.

High River has shown an interest in providing our club land in thier town, however, they have also voted unanimously they would like to change our name to the High River BMX Club.

I cannot fathom that with the new field house and all other projects that have been in the works for the last decade that even though we have repeatedly, year after year, been requesting a permanent residence we are always overlooked. I would just like some explanation as to why the Town of Okotoks is willing to just let this club/sport and track vanish from our community, knowing how well it is used and appreciated by all citizens? As well, I am curious as to why when we call our local councillors we are told they’ve never heard of this until an article came out from High River this week, even though it has been an ongoing discussion between the Town and club for numerous years. Why all the secrets? Tell us what is going in the field house and explain why after years of being teased with a carrot we are now being kicked to the curb without a second thought?

Sandy L. Fokkens



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