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Hello everyone,heres soemthing to hold our heads high about !! After shutting down 80-90% of the rideing around around Bakersfield,from the foot hills to the bluffs ,from mesa marin to the boonies, we did it! with alot of hard work,struggle we finally did it!!! I will let the article from my local newspaper speak for itself :D:) .

Home for off-roaders in works

Bakersfield and the state of California have linked a deal to buy 11,000 acres of cattle pasture Northeast of the city and turn it into an off-road park.It`s a long-held dream of off-road riders who are watching Bakersfield`s booming growth eat away their recreation areas. The California State Parks depart announced wednesday it had teamed up with the city to buy land 30 minutes north of downtown Bakersfield. City maps shows the property sits just north of Round Mountain Road to the east of Granite Road near Poso Creek. City officials signed a deal,earlier this month to "option" the land from Eugene and Marian Gabrych for between $8.8 million abd$11 million. The money would come from state Off-Highway Vehicle Trust funds -- money raised from taxes and fees on motorcycles and quad-runners. THe are still some issues to iron out before the land is officially purchased. The biggest is the need to secure ground for a road connecting the property to Round Mountain Road within the next year.The city has a year to get access or the deal will fall through. Still,local leaders are excited about the new development. "it`s a giant step forward." said vice Mayor Mike Maggard. " I think the site could be beyond our wildest dreams.We`ve looked at a number of sites.This clearly was the best of them. This is the dream spot.If we make this work we will make the most people happy". Local off-road leader Dick taylor- who campioned the deal - has hoped for a permanent home for motorbikes and quad-runners since 2001. Over the past few years,rideing land in northeast Bakersfield has been gobbled up by homes.Motorcyclist have seen their habitat shrink steadily. They were shoved off the kern River bluffs south of Heart Park.And that started them thinking about finding their own land. "we came away with a quest,for a replacement rideing area for the (bluffs) area we`ve ridden in since the 1920`s," Taylor said. Now that quest is a big step closer to being acheived. "THis new (state Vehicular Recreation Area) will provide OHV enthuiast a place to enjoy their sport in a well-managed.family-friendly armosphere with a variety on amenities," said Daphne Greene ,deputy director of the state`s off-highway recreation division. Many attribute the success of the effort to Taylor`s ability to draw support from groups that traditionally fight tooth-and-nail to stop off-roading. Harry Love,of the local chapter of sierra club,worked on the committe Taylor pulled together. "Dick Taylor has done a great job of getting a variety of people involved" he said. Love said that a comprhensive repoty will ensure that the project dosent harm the enviroment. And he cheered the part of the plan that will reserve much of 11,000 acres for buffer property --- proerty that would be open o public use. "theres so many off-road people in Bakersfield and I`m sure they will be happy to have a place to go." said trails advocate Michelle Beck. Maggard said the site will be great for off-roaders --close to town.but not too close to anger homeowners and with a variety of terrainfrom flat areas for training children to steep climbs for the experts.

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It would be even better news if that was in northern Virginia :) But seriously, that's cool news for the left coast riders...

-Mike

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Even if the deal goes through, don't expect to ride there for at least 5 years. There is much bureaucracy to go through.

But, it's still good news that there is progress in getting you guys a place to ride.

Ride on

Brewster

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Alot of the Lake Elsinore area has recently been lost. It's good to hear of a new place being secured for OHV use.

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I find that great news since I'll be moving down that way soon!!

Kinda not that surprising, there's already a few MX tracks run by the cities(!) in the Central Valley.

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Awesome! I can't believe I didn't see that after going through the paper. Wait a second! What direction is North? Towards Tehachapi or Shafter/ Lake Buenivista? Just because I'm ignorant doesn't mean you have to make jokes.

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That is great news! :) Hope it goes thru for you guys! Everyone can use a new place to ride. I think its great the city is behind it too! :)

Good luck West Coasters!! :D

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Let's just hope that it will be open for use soon. It's just absoultely ridiculous that an area like Bakersfield has basically nowhere to ride outside of a few acres at mesa marin. But those few acres sure are fun :)

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