HIGH SPRINGS – High Springs City Parks & Recreation Director Damon Messina addressed Commissioners at the Feb. 13 meeting to acknowledge the volunteers of High Springs BMX. “During 2019, the organization was given the Jack Hughes Award by the Gainesville Sports Commission and the Florida Sports Foundation,” Messina said. “This is a very prestigious award only given out to a few.”
In addition to the Hughes award, the High Springs BMX track was recently voted the number one track in the state of Florida, as well as being listed as one of the top 20 tracks nationally. “It also ranks quite high internationally,” Messina said.
Messina told commissioners that the High Springs BMX program has provided an economic impact to the county in the millions of dollars.
The organization, which is strictly volunteer run and organized, has been spearheaded by Laura and John Pringle who have been running the facility for over six years. “The Pringles and their team of volunteers have been working tirelessly to maintain and improve the track,” said Messina.
Laura Pringle was on hand to talk about what she called “a very big event” that will be happening in High Springs from Feb. 28 - March 1.
“Later this month we will have 700 – 800 riders from across the state qualifying for the state championships which will take place in May,” said Pringle. “We will also have some folks from out of state here because they love the facility,” she said.
Pringle said that many of the competitors are hoping for warm weather so they can visit the springs. “We will also funnel them into downtown and the wonderful shopping areas in High Springs.”
“We have a great partnership working with them,” said Messina. “We have a great marriage going with the City of High Springs and the BMX riders as well,” he said.
To learn more about the High Springs BMX Track program see their website at hsbmx.com/.
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