Support Building a Velodrome in Wheaton Regional Park

  • by: Ad Bax
  • recipient: The Maryland-National Capital Park And Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks is currently updating the Master Plan for Wheaton Regional Park and is soliciting feedback from the community.

At a recent meeting, park planners mentioned a velodrome as one facility that could be included in the new plan.

Please sign the petition if you support building a velodrome in Wheaton Regional Park, Wheaton, Maryland.

For more information about Wheaton Regional Park, including current facilities and the Master Plan, see Wheaton Regional Park

(Photo: "Velodrome racing". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -

To the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

We propose that M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks include a velodrome in the new Wheaton Regional Park Master Plan. There are many compelling reasons that support the inclusion of a velodrome at Wheaton Regional Park, including:

  1. Providing cycling opportunities for youth and adult populations from Montgomery County and surrounding areas;

  2. A very large and active local cycling community that will serve as the immediate user base;

  3. Velodromes are “safe-havens” for youth and others to actively participate in cycling, offering places that are traffic-free, pedestrian-free, and obstacle-free;

  4. Providing spectators with viewing opportunities and an education on a tremendous form of recreation for all ages; and

  5. Complementing existing athletic facilities in the Park and the County with the potential for multi-use of a velodrome, e.g., inline skating.

The nearest velodromes are located three hours away to the north (Allentown, PA), and five hours to the south (Rock Hill, SC). These attract cyclists from a wide geographic area given the lack of velodrome facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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