Upgrade the BMX facility

I was pleased to see in the Feb. 10 issue of The News that the Abbotsford BMX club will be hosting a World Cup BMX event.

I was pleased to see in the Feb. 10 issue of The News that the Abbotsford BMX club will be hosting a World Cup BMX event. The world/Olympic class hill is a real draw for the local club.

A World Cup event is a great way to show off our city. We have the Discovery Trail, fancy artworks at roundabouts, unique benches in downtown Abbotsford, huge signs advertising local events as well as promoting local business.

What the world of BMX racing is going to experience is the racing park with no running water and a porta-potty. Is that the picture we want these athletes and their families from around the world to take home? The condition of the parking lot is another horror story.

Shame on you, Abbotsford.

Until now, it seems as if it looks good in a glossy brochure or on a website it happened.

Now let’s put Abbotsford BMX Park in that category. These athletes and their families have worked hard to put Abbotsford on the BMX World map. It isn’t just the club that benefits from such an event but the whole community benefits from the dollars spent here.

We are proud of our athletes. Now, let’s upgrade the facility to make us proud of our BMX Park. We are probably the only track in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest that doesn’t have running water and proper toilet facilities.

G. Hartley