Thursday, July 15, 2010 | 2:05 a.m.
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Boulder City officials are threatening to close the motocross park in the Eldorado Valley in August if its owners don’t comply with public safety regulations and provide insurance certificates by the end of the month.
City Attorney Dave Olsen brought the matter before the City Council on Tuesday night. He said the motocross park has failed to make rent payments on time and meet safety regulations.
The park recently paid $80,000 for late rent and penalty fees but is still in violation of safety regulations agreed upon in the lease, such as having a life-support technician on-call and a helicopter pad, Olsen said.
“We’re going to push them pretty hard at this point,” he said. “It’s inherently a dangerous activity, and people can be seriously injured.”
Olsen asked council members for more time to work with the park’s owners and educate them on the provisions of BCMX’s lease with the city. He said the city could terminate the lease and seek damages but would have to decide what to do with the land.
He said he doesn’t want to lock the gates on the track because it has been an upcoming sport for Boulder City residents.
The 30-acre track opened in 2007, and the lease was amended in 2008 to include 20 more acres, Olsen said.
The City Council decided to let BCMX have until the first week of August to make changes and begin construction on a helicopter pad.
CORRECTION: The first sentence of this story originally said city officials were threatening to close the BMX track at Veterans’ Memorial Park, instead of the motocross park in the Eldorado Valley. | (July 15, 2010)