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Sarasota News Leader September 27, 2013 Page 68 fee money designated for Parks and Recre- A shade canopy might be constructed, Brown ation expenditures in North County. said, if sufficient funding is available. PLANS AND POTENTIAL The design work is at the 60-percent mark, During her presentation to the TDC, Brown she noted. pointed out the BMX track improvements will Parks and Recreation staff is hopeful, Brown include the following: said, that the improved track will be able to host a major event in the late fall of 2015. • A steel 8-meter ramp. • A starting gate system for both the 5-meter Brown told the TDC members that county and 8-meter ramps. staff had just learned the previous week that the City of Rock Hill, SC, has a BMX track un• Reconfiguring the track. der construction, and talks have begun about • Improved electrical service, lighting and building a track in the City of Oldsmar in Pidrainage. nellas County. • Repositioning of existing bleachers and When Patterson asked how close the Oldsmar picnic tables. community is to constructing a track, Nicole • Installation of conduit for a future sound Rissler, director of sports for Visit Sarasota County — the tourism office for the county system, control boards and timing loops. A chart shows the potential economic impact of future BMX events in the county. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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