Alpenrose rehab gets green light
PORTLAND — Renovation for the straightaways of Alepenrose Velodrome is moving forward this week after the dairy that owns the track OK’d the much-needed concrete rehab.
Track director Mike Murray said Thursday that Alpenrose Dairy had agreed to move forward with the project to rip out and replace the velodrome’s worn and eroding concrete construction discovered this winter during surface cleaning. Dairy workers plan to cut a hole in the concrete Friday in order to check the depth and to discover what other materials were used in the construction. The heavy lifting will start next week.
“Monday (March 19) the contractor will start putting in a gravel road behind the velodrome so that heavy equipment can drive into the velodrome to do the demolition and removal of material,” Murray said. “God and weather willing there will be new straights on the track roughly two weeks later.”
After the contractors are done, volunteers will still need to patch the parts of the track that aren’t replaced, paint those parts, and then measure and repaint the lines. Racing will start in May under the current timetable. Murray said the plan is to replace the track’s apron in the fall when the weather is drier. He also thanked everyone who has already donated to the project but emphasized the need to continue fund raising efforts.
“The Dairy has authorized moving forward on the project with the understanding that we will continue fund raising, not only to help cover the cost of the straights replacement this spring but also to cover the planned replacement of the apron in the fall,” he said.
You can donate by sending a check to:
OBRA/ Portland Velodrome Committee
4318 SE 8th Ct.
Gresham, OR 97080
An online donation option has also been set up on OBRA web site.