Desert Downs BMX Track needs public donations to finish repairs to vandalized facility


POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:36pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:50pm

It has been almost 9 months since vandals destroyed the Desert Downs BMX Track in Northeast El Paso, but thanks to the help of local volunteers, the park says the facility has almost been repaired and restored.

But track operators say they still need donations from the public to finish the repairs, which they estimate will cost between $15,000 to $20,000.

The vandals caused some $35,000 worth of damage back in May, 2013.

Volunteers from the community, as well as a group of soldiers from Fort Bliss, repaired most of the clubhouse by replacing the floors, repainting the walls, putting in dry wall, and cleaning up broken glass and equipment.

"This place has a lot of history and a lot of people don't realize that. A lot of people across the community have grown up coming out here, like myself - I grew up all through high school coming out here. It helps keep kids out of trouble, focuses them on achieving certain goals," said Eric Watts, the track operator at the Desert Downs BMX Track.

Desert Downs BMX Track is inviting the public to their "Ride-A-Thon" fundraising event on Saturday, January 11, 2013.

The event starts at 11AM on Saturday.

Riders will do entire laps around the track for $5 dollars each time.

Every dollar goes towards rebuilding the track and finishing work on the clubhouse.

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