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  • Edges, bowls and pump tracks all part of Pima County’s BMX and skate parks

    Aug 12, 2021 | Read More News
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    Action sport athletes can get their fix throughout Pima County. Fly at a bike pump track or shred at a BMX park. Fine tune your skate tricks at local ramps, edges, and bowls. And your friend can photograph or film the perfect social media moment.

    Exit the easy paved path of The Chuck Huckelberry Loop and enter the Kory Laos Memorial Freestyle BMX Park in Flowing Wells Park. A dirt playground for bicyclists of all ages, the pump track has hills, jumps, berms, and tables for every level. It’s called a pump track Kory Laos Parkbecause if you have a fast enough start, you can carry your speed by pumping with your knees, no need to pedal. From the start area, pedal downhill to the pump track as hard as you want for speed to carry you through the challenges. Dare to catch air, or steer around ramps you don’t want to try. Look for the Batty Bike sculpture on the north edge of the park near The Loop.

    On the southwest side of Tucson, check out the Roland Thomas Widman BMX Park at Winston Reynolds - Manzanita Park. Like the Kory Laos Park, this track will test your skills on a longer dirt course but with paved berms for more speed.  The track sometimes hosts BMX races. Nearby ball fields, picnic ramadas, and a splash pad make this a great park for the whole family.

    If you’re out in Marana, and want to race your BMX bike, check out Sports Park BMX at Mike Jacob Sports Park.  People of all ages enjoy racing on this groomed track; even boys and girls under age 5 can race on BMX bikes or on balance bikes (no pedals!). The evening schedule includes racing and clinics for practice. You just might see local Olympic athlete Corben Sharrah at the track, giving advice to the future Olympians. 

    A private company manages the track, so there may be a fee to use the facility. You can even celebrate birthdays at the track. Visit the track's Facebook page for up-to-date schedules.

    Open dawn to dusk, Picture Rocks Park has a purpose-built cement track for both BMX riders and skaters. Hone your street skills surrounded by the Sonoran desert. At the first “fun box” obstacle, skaters can try a 50-50 or a board slide. Other obstacles include seashell-style corner pieces, ramps, rails, barrel rolls, and half pipes. Athletes can choose their challenge, such as how high they want to go or what trick combinations they wish to perform. The park alternates days for BMX and skating. Find the schedule and rules on the Picture Rocks Park webpage.

    In Ajo, skaters and scooters ride at  E.S. “Bud” Walker Park. Like the Picture Rocks park, a variety of obstacles challenge everyone from beginners to experts. Pick up speed on the barrel roll to go high on the half pipe. Get creative on the ramps and rails. This skate park is lighted for night action, too.