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City shuts down teens' makeshift bike park

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LEWISTON, Idaho. - More than two dozen teens learned you can't fight city hall after authorities banned them from a BMX bike park the teens took months to build.

Officials say a makeshift park of dirt trails and ramps will be off-limits after discovering the site and say they are concerned about possible pesticide exposure and dangerous material in the area of Bryden Canyon.

"You can see old tires, you can see metal sticking out," said Chris Davies, Public Works Director in Lewiston. "I mean, there's all sorts of things. It was a landfill."

The land the teens used was an abandoned landfill paved over in the mid 1990's. An environmental impact study suggested construction crews building Bryden Road should limit exposure to dust in the area because of possible pesticide contamination in the landfill.

Davies says the risk of pesticide exposure is "very, very low." Even for teens that spent months building ramps here, but he says it is part of the reason the City decided to mark the site off limits.

"We understand, it's just there's nowhere else to go," said 16-year-old Tyler Ambrose. "This is the only place to ride in town."

The only other BMX park the teens know about is in Moscow, miles away and too far to ride to after school.

More than two dozen teens spent hours after school building the network of trails that run adjacent to the road.

Davies said the City is willing to meet with the teens and hopes local businesses would be willing to help build the group a more suitable park.

City officials have asked police officers to monitor the site for bike riders while crews install no trespassing signs.

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