SAN LORENZO — For years, fans of bicycle motocross have been pushing for a local track on which to hone the skills involved in pedal-powered jumps over mounds of dirt.
They'll soon see their wish come to fruition, after the Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District voted Monday night to authorize a partnership with the San Lorenzo Unified School District to use a portion of its adult school for such a purpose.
"I know you've been all over the map looking for a place to settle," HARD board member Minane Jameson told a few avid BMX riders in attendance. "I think we finally found a good place."
A design for the track was approved nearly five years ago, but proponents were having trouble securing a site until the San Lorenzo school board gave the green light for a track in the fields behind 820 Bockman Road this month.
The practice track will have jumps as high as 6 feet, and as part of operating conditions will be open Saturdays and two weekdays each week.
Adult supervision will be required, and a buffer zone of poplar trees will be planted between the track and the nearby Skywest Townhomes community.
Mary Clements, a longtime Skywest resident and member of its homeowners' board, said that mitigation measures have smoothed over potential problems involving dust, noise and lighting that worried many residents.
"Thanks for listening to us," she told the board. "We're looking forward to a nice track, and nice screening for the homes."
Previously, bicyclists had to travel to Livermore or Santa Clara to find a dirt track on which to practice.
"To have this facility in our backyards is really exciting," said Manny Hernandez, who has been working toward the construction of the track from the start. "I can't wait to see the faces on all those little kids."
Reach Eric Kurhi at 510-293-2473.