Sports fields. Swimming pools. Basketball courts. Running tracks.
Except a dirt bike track, where BMX or motocross races can be held.
That may change, and soon just in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics, where two events from the cycling discipline will be official sports.
A HARD committee Monday agreed to help the East Bay Olympic Committee, an affiliate of the National Bicycle League, construct a BMX track at a one-acre site behind the San Lorenzo Adult School on Bockman Road.
HARD would sign a lease agreement with the San LorenzoUnified School District for the land. The committee will be responsible for building, operating, insuring and maintaining the track, much as Little League organizations are responsible for improving and maintaining their fields, said parks Superintendent Larry Lepore.
Lepore said HARD also would help the committee get water and electricity hook-ups for lights, the starting gate and loudspeakers.
The committee recommendation will go to the full HARD board Sept. 24, then to San Lorenzo's school board for approval.
"We have a few hundred people in our district who like this sport," said HARD General Manager Eric Willyerd. "We should provide what we can to see they can practice their sport."
Dirt bike enthusiasts will need to bring in soil to shape the track, its hurdles and obstacles, Willyerd explained. Fencing also will be required.
It won't take long to get the property ready for racing, he speculated, but dirt bike racing backers "have got to produce what they say, or it will end quickly."
Other BMX tracks in the Bay Area include Livermore, Pleasanton and Santa Clara. Eight people normally compete on a track at one time. A BMX site in a crowded neighborhood alley south of the Bayfair BART station was closed last summer.
Setting aside part of the Hayward shoreline for a dirt bike track was determined to be an environmental hazard. So county Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, who represents San Lorenzo, and her staff joined HARD in looking for other locations.
The area behind the adult school has been under consideration since last spring.
Karen Holzmeister covers Castro Valley, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and county government for unincorporated areas. Call her at 510-293-2478 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.