Silver Dollar BMX site must relocate by the end of the year

The Silver Dollar BMX says this switch in gears comes as the City of Chico continues to navigate the recent homeless lawsuit.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 10:17 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The threat to relocate has been on and off for the past couple years, but now the City of Chico is asking the Silver Dollar BMX site to relocate by the end of the year.

"We weren't entirely prepared for that timeline. That certainly speeds that up for us,” track operator at Silver Dollar BMX, Philip Wysocki said.

The Silver Dollar BMX track has been in its current location for 11 years. Over 600 riders have used it this year and 85% of riders are under the age of 18.

"It has the potential to put a lot of riders, and a lot of young riders off the track if there is a gap,” Wysocki said.

The Silver Dollar BMX said this switch in gears comes as the City of Chico continues to navigate the recent homeless lawsuit.

The city told Action News Now they cannot discuss matters surrounding homelessness, but the idea has some people frustrated and others hoping for a solution.

"You're just breeding more of a problem and increasing the population with people who are not willing to help themselves,” said Gus McDonald, who works near the current BMX site.

"For everyone's good, I am sure everyone would love to see it resolved,” Ted Hirst, who lives in Chico, told Action News Now.

The goal is to move the race track to a new spot north on Cohasset Road in between the Chico Airport and the west side little league airport. They are trying to move locations in the next 90 days, in time for the start of their new season on January 1.

"We are trying to work out some budgetary shortfalls that were created by the expedited timeline,” said Wysocki. "I think there's the opportunity for anxiety and all we can do is work to reassure our community that we are doing the best we can to move forward."

Chico City Manager Mark Orme told Action News Now they are providing some funding to get the site and track built, but community support will be necessary to make it happen.

"It truly is a family sport,” said Wysocki. “We have moms and dads and brothers and sisters all riding together, so it provides that kind of an outlet."

They plan to start racing at the new track as soon as it's ready to go.

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