DeSoto BMX is more than just a park where kids go to learn about the ins and outs of the bicycle motocross — it also serves as refuge and a place where life lessons are taught.

Owner Christopher Allen inherited the park, which has been a staple in the community for 20 years, five years ago.

“When we invite people in, we want them to feel and see the history — the 20-year-old paint on the wall,” Allen said. “We just don’t want to take away from the nostalgia and history that resides here.”

BMX parks are plentiful across the country, but this one is unique because of one distinguishing quality: a roof. This allows races to be held no matter the weather.

In its history, the park has even produced an Olympian, Kyle Bennett.

BMX rider Jacoby Irvin puts is caught mid action putting on a show during a demo at DeSoto BMX.
BMX rider Jacoby Irvin puts is caught mid action putting on a show during a
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