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Old 07-15-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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http://www.amarillo.com/stories/071509/new_news1.shtml

The state is in the early stages of planning to develop land along the Canadian River into a controlled recreation area for off-road vehicles.
"It's a part of the culture and heritage of a lot of people who live in the Panhandle," said Steve Thompson, a geologist and manager of off-highway vehicle programs for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. "Eventually we'll have public meetings to talk about the project, and also we'll appoint a local advisory committee."

Before that, the department will begin addressing the concerns of landowners along the river, establish a budget and hire a manager.
"We hope to bring on a park manager by September," said Laird Fowler, TPWD regional director.

The state Legislature made the project possible by building money into the department's funding.

"They said they needed about a half-million dollars, then after that the funding would drift down, and it would be self-supporting," said state Rep. David Swinford, R-Dumas. "They'll need it to do some work first and maintain it as a place people can take their families."

He helped push the legislation through to expand recreation possibilities.

"We have very few acres of public land here," Swinford said.

The focus is on land from the U.S. Highway 385 bridge over the Canadian River to the Chicken Creek area near Lake Meredith, Thompson said.

Local supporters welcome the movement on the project and have strongly held ideas about what should happen.

"Whatever they implement from the rules and regulations standpoint, it needs to be user friendly and meet the standards we want in the Panhandle," said Scott Salter, president of the Texas Off Roaders Association. "Our goal has always been an area with controlled access, managed by law enforcement and nice infrastructure like restrooms and picnic areas. But we don't want to stifle people."

The hope is to make the project a state recreation area because parks don't allow open containers of alcohol.

"If it's a state park, you'll shut it down before you get started," Salter said. "We don't advocate drinking and driving or drunken behavior. But in the evening around a campfire after riding all day, people want a . We're hoping they use a common-sense approach."

Broad local participation is another goal.

"The key will be the advisory group and listening to them," Salter said. "And the public meetings will not be run under the radar. The users will be well-informed."
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:41 PM   #2
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So does that mean we will paying a gate fee eventually or to early to tell?
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:50 PM   #3
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"They said they needed about a half-million dollars, then after that the funding would drift down, and it would be self-supporting," said state Rep. David Swinford, R-Dumas. "
i would assume thier will be a entry fee..
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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Well if i would have actually read all of it instead of going wtf.......i would have seen that!
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I'm not big drinker but it seems 90% of the people I hang with or meet do. If you cant drink it will hurt the # of people that go. Well hope it all turns out and makes it a better place for everyone. We need wheelers to be in the decision making process from the begining . If they make a bunch of rules we cant live with we may never be able to change them.
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