Citizens Hope to Kick Off-Road Park Off Track

Controversy over noise and property values have pitted homeowners against city officials with plans to build an off-road vehicle park in Juneau, Alaska.

"About 100 people showed up Tuesday night at Centennial Hall for a special meeting of the city Planning Commission hosted solely for public testimony on a proposed off-highway vehicle park in North Douglas."

"City planners said they would wait for more research on noise before making recommendations on the park. In the meantime, residents of the adjacent properties, who worry the park will be a noisy nuisance, are doing their own homework."

"The city and Rough Riders AK Inc. applied together to develop the 26-acre park at the northern end of Douglas Island, three-quarters of a mile from the bottom of Fish Creek Road."

"Recreational all-terrain vehicle riders are restricted to few legal areas in Juneau."

"'I've watched our riding community get pushed further and further out the road,' said Jim Bradley, an ATV rider who grew up in Juneau."

"City staff and city Lands Manager Heather Marlow have said the park can be developed without negative effects."

Full Story: Residents drive debate on city off-road park

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