Another private facility proposed for Kit Carson Park
Here we go again. A developer has proposed leasing two acres of Kit Carson Park for a BMX bicycle track. The proposal calls for the city to pay to build the track with the operator then making lease payments. The Council member for that area, Mike Morasco, says he supports the idea, but local residents are opposed. It was just last spring that a proposed water park created a similar outcry.
November 13 UPDATE: The Community Services Commission heard testimony from dozens of speakers and voted to table the proposal until a future meeting. The Commission’s next regular meeting is January 23. The meeting will be scheduled earlier if a time and location can be arranged. The comments were approximately two-to-one in favor of the proposal, but most of those speaking in support were not Escondido residents. By the end of the comments, the general consensus was that a BMX facility would be a good idea for Escondido. The only question is what would be the most appropriate location. (Get more detail in a separate post.)
Read the proposal. (Caution, large PDF. Look for Agenda item #2 under “New Business.”)
Read a letter from Friends of Kit Carson Park after the jump.
Dear Friends of Kit Carson Park (FOKCP), Nov. 1, 2013
It has been brought to the FOKCP’s attention that there will be a proposal from USA BMX to build a BMX racing track in Kit Carson Park presented to the Escondido Community Services Committee on Nov. 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The proposed tracks would be built on more than one acre of park land. This proposal was not solicited by the City of Escondido, and USA BMX is also considering one other potential location besides Kit Carson Park. USA BMX must first meet with the Escondido Community Services Committee to get their recommendation before proceeding to the Escondido City Council. Because of this there is not that much public information known as of yet.
USA BMX presently owns two other racing tracks in San Diego County, one in Lakeside and one in Kearny Mesa. (We are attaching a link here so you can see what these tracks look like.) http://www.kearnybmx.com/photo.htm
USA BMX has submitted a 5 page proposal which does not mention any particular location of the track in the park. The proposal is general and may require that a donation of park land be a part of the proposal, we are not certain. A full proposal and business plan should be available before the meeting.
What we Do Know is that bringing a track such as this to Kit Carson Park will:
1.) Destroy much of the natural beauty of the park.
2.) Allow a For Profit business to take over the use of a large portion of Public Park Land. The public would not be able to use these facilities unless they Pay.
3.) The other BMX locations charge $7-10 per training session and up to $375 for private parties at the track
4.) The other facilities have snack shacks and are open as late as 7:00 at night.
FOKCP urge you to attend this meeting so that you can hear and understand the proposal for yourself. Please pass this letter on to all of your friends, family and contacts.
The Friends of Kit Carson Park Board