The Chehalem BMX Track is a nationally certified USA BMX (American Bicycle Association) track.
The track features five straight stretches, four corners including a U-turn, a full rhythm section, and many jumps into corners. Thanks to the generosity of Newberg Early Bird Rotatory Club, the starting area was recently paved, and a new starting system installed.
The track is open year-round from dawn to dusk, spring through fall, weather permitting. The surface of the course must be completely dry for safety. The track is closed during wet conditions.
The track is closed to public use while the BMX Club is conducting races.
As long as weather permits, races are held every Saturday of summer through the end of October, with the following exceptions: June 30, July 7, August 11, Sept. 22.
Wednesday evening racing starts July 4th and runs through late September.
The park manager lives on site. Track and park rules are posted and enforced.
Helmets are mandatory and must be worn by all ages. Long-sleeve shirts and long pants are recommended. Pads and safety equipment are encouraged. Fall and winter note: CPRD staff closes the skatepark and BMX track during wet conditions for user safety and preservation of the facilities.
BMX Track History
At about the same time the skatepark was being built, teens were asking CPRD for a BMX track. Since the skatepark was already being planned for Ewing Young Historical Park, building a bike track at the same site made sense. Originally, a small track was built with the help of community volunteers and Zack & Lisa Hebert who operate Bear Tracks BMX. Since the site was so popular, CPRD applied for and won a $5,000 grant to build a nationally sanctioned course, from the National Recreation and Park Association. A professional track builder was brought in, and after five days at moving thousands of tons of dirt, the track was completed. The track now hosts local and national races as well as recreational riders and racers.