Off-roaders, hikers, residents collaborate and find common ground
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The county commissioners this week approved a plan for a dirt bike and ATV park on the landfill property after local motorized users, hiders and neighborhood residents worked together for several months to to address potential conflicts.
The network of trails is shielded in a shallow valley, preventing most of the noise from reaching the Summerwood subdivision, across Highway 6. Assistant county manager Thad Noll said a site visit to Summerwood helped convince residents that that sound impacts could be mitigation. The park could be ready for use within a few weeks, he added. See a full-size version of the map here.
As part of the agreement, the Summit County Off-Road Riders will reclaim closed trails, develop rules for the area and provide insurance that covers any potential Summit County liability. The off-road group will manage use of the area day-to-day and has also agreed to lead the charge on restoring wetlands in the area that have suffered from off-road use and other impacts. (more…)
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