Just southeast of the Crestview Community Center surrounded by the Shunganunga Creek is Topeka’s only BMX track. Although the recent rains stopped for the day the swollen creek was still running at the top of its banks Monday evening, hindering the drainage installed last year in clearing off the track surface.
According to Mike Pfannenstiel, Track Foreman of Heartland BMX, nothing can be done at this point. “The only thing we can do now is wait on Mother Nature,” stated Pfannenstiel. “First thing is we need everyone to be patient and stay off the track. During free public riding some kids and parents don’t understand the damage they leave behind for the volunteers to repair. If they would just wait until the track is dry, it is easier for us to maintain and will give them and us a much safer and smoother surface to ride on. Signs stating the track is closed when wet or muddy and yellow caution tape is ignored frequently.”
Margy Walter, Track Treasurer agrees with Pfannenstiel and adds, “Topeka is lucky to have a BMX track that is open for public riding. The two closest tracks to Topeka are in Missouri and they are open for members only on practice and race days.”
Track officials say anyone wanting to volunteer their time can call the track or visit their website for information on upcoming workdays. They are also in need of several loads of a clean clay mix of dirt and access to a bobcat for some of the heavy repair work.
For further information contact Mike Pfannenstiel at 271-1269.
This and other press releases are available by accessing the Heartland BMX website at www.heartlandbmx.org.