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Peoria’s Only BMX Track Needs Upgrades

Chillicothe Xtreme Sports is asking for help with repairs.
PEORIA - Chillicothe Xtreme Sports is a non-profit organization leasing Detweiller Park’s BMX Track, a track that has not been upgraded in years.

“It’s a mess,” CXS’s director Richard Rowell said.

The BMX track out a Detweiller Park has seen better days. CXS has been putting its own money into the track for the past four years, but that money has run dry.

“We need machinery. We need material. We need help. End of story,” Rowell said.

His son agrees. “No one really takes interest in it anymore. Not a lot of people come out this year,” Jonas Rowell said.

The storage buildings at the track have been broken into multiple times, and they are also falling apart. Dirt and clay have not been replaced in at least 15 years, and the track is down one of its two power lines. All of it has forced CXS to cancel the rest of its 2014 season.

Rowell said this track is in the worst shape of any other track in the state, and the next closest one is still an hour and a half away. To reopen, Rowell said it could take $5,000. But to do it right, he said it could take as much as $30,000 to $40,000.

Rowell wants to use blacktop to smooth out part of the track, but the bikers have their own requests.

“Just probably the burms and the jumps because they are all weedy, and they need dirt,” Travis Roe, a CXS biker, said.

If the track gets those much-needed repairs, the group said there’s a lot of potential.

“You have a facility that can handle a large group, they’re going to come. They’re going to enjoy it,” Rowell said.

CXS is working on getting sponsors to cover some of the cost, but it is in need of other donations. To donate or to get in touch with CXS, email Rowell at rich.rowell@chillixs.org.

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