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Aug 25, 2011 11:33 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: Indoor BMX park is a huge success

TUCSON - Whether it's road cycling, mountain biking, or racing, Tucson is home to many great locations for 2 wheeling around town. However, for BMX and free style riders, it can be more of a challenge.

To help, Ian Abbott, a die hard BMX rider, recently opened Tucson's very own indoor BMX and skate park.

Juan Sebastin, a 20 year old BMX rider, says it's nice to have a facility that caters to people with his same interest.

"It's amazing. It's good to finally have a good safe spot where we can ride in Tucson."

And he's not alone. A 14 year old rider has already been to the park about 30 times, and it's only been open for about 30 days!

"I've come every day since it's opened pretty much," he said.

Abbott, who created the park, first came up with the idea when he ran into opposition trying to convince the City to allow BMX riding in some of the local parks. His frustration led him to think of other ways he could help this community of riders.

And once he started building his dream project, volunteers, from all over the place, flocked to help.

"The first night we started with 5 of us, and by the end of the night we had about another 12 to 15 random people showing up who were all bike enthusiasts and wanted to help."

Additionally, the park has a foam pit and a television room.

"My first print run was about 300 of the liability wavers and they're gone. So I know there's been at least 300 people who have gone through this park at least once," Abbott said when discussing the parks popularity.

For more information on the parks location, hours, and rules, check out www.premisespark.com

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