The Waukegan Park District (WPD) was approached by the National Bicycle League (NBL) in the fall of 2002 looking for a home for a group of local BMXers that had been making a long trek across the border to Wisconsin to find a suitable track.
For the uninitiated, BMX is the short form of “bicycle moto-cross.” BMX is a sport that involves the whole family, teaches and fosters individual responsibility, respect for others and property, good sportsmanship and courage.
The WPD felt that a BMX track would fit in perfectly with its “benefits-based” philosophy. A BMX program provides optional sports activity for energetic young people.
The track was designed by Mark Hildebrand, a nationally-known builder of BMX tracks who also created tracks for the X-Games, Gravity Games and the 2008 Olympic Games.Hildebrand’s design services were provided free-of-charge by NBL, and he also got his hands dirty by completing the majority of the earth moving on the 1,200 feet-long course as well as field testing each individual track obstacle as they were being constructed.