HAGERSTOWN BMX AND VISIT HAGERSTOWN TO SUBMIT JOINT BID TO HOST THE 2021 USA BMX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, DUE TO GRANT FUNDING TO MAKE NECESSARY UPGRADES
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HagerstownBMX and Visit Hagerstown have announced that grant funding has been received to make necessary upgrades to the BMX track at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. Upgrades to the track have allowed for the submission of a bid to host the National USA BMX event in the Summer of 2021, at the track. USA BMX is the governing organization for BMX leagues in the United States.
Funding from the State of Maryland, Washington County Government, City of Hagerstown, and Visit Hagerstown amounted to $245,000. The funds will provide for installation of lights, track upgrades, seating and other beautification items. These amenities are required by USA BMX to qualify as a host for a national event. Preliminary site visits to the track have been conducted by the governing organization. The economic impact expected from hosting this national event is estimated to be up to $2.5 million.
HagerstownBMX has been a tourism generator for Washington County since 1999. The organization hosts four statewide and regional races annually, bringing in approximately 1,200 riders and their families to each race from outside Washington County. The national event is expected to draw 600-800 riders and families, USA BMX staff and volunteers from across the United States. The bid is for a multiday event to be held the Summer of 2021, with planning assistance from the City of Hagerstown.
Visit Hagerstown – Washington County President, Dan Spedden, said, “I am excited that Delegate Corderman was successful in obtaining this grant through a Legislative Bond Initiative. The Washington County Commissioners and Hagerstown City Council have also substantially contributed to this project.” He added, “These are very trying times for the travel and tourism industry this BMX Track project and National Championship bid are a very bright spot in our industry’s future.”
Hagerstown BMX Spokesman, Scott Cantner, said, “Hagerstown BMX is excited for all the support we have received from our state and local governments. We cannot wait to bring our small track to new heights. BMX is a family friendly, unique and exciting sport for kids of all ages.”
About Hagerstown BMX:
HagerstownBMX opened at Fairground Park in 1999, and we have been racing ever since. We are a USA BMX sanctioned track, which is the largest race organization in the world. There are over 370 tracks in the United States. MISSION: HagerstownBMX works hard to create a safe, positive, family friendly atmosphere for riders of all ages. The success of the track is based on participation from the community. We want all riders to enjoy the track and we do our best to be helpful and encourage growth. People who enjoy BMX love to talk BMX, don’t hesitate to ask questions. For more information: https://hagerstownbmx.com/
About Visit Hagerstown:
Our Mission shall be to accelerate the economic development of Washington County, Maryland, by promoting travel and tourism. The Bureau shall promote attractions, events, accommodations and visitor services and develop new products to establish our community as a preferred destination to travelers. For more information, or to see events coming up throughout Washington County, go to www.visithagerstown.com.