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Park Promotional Questions & Answers

Question #1

What is a MRA?

 

Answer

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources uses the acronym MRA to refer to a Motorized Recreation Area, more commonly called an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Park. An OHV Park is a park designed, developed and operated primarily to serve the needs and desires of OHV enthusiasts.

 

 

Question #2

What is the status of the MRA Park?

 

Answer

The Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Incorporated (WORVPI) has been created as a non-profit corporation to pursue establishing a MRA here in Forest County. We are currently awaiting an IRS Determination on our tax-exempt charity application. A Business Plan (researched by the Creative Enterprise Center at Ripon College) and a Feasibility Study (researched by the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission) have been completed. This research shows that our Park can successfully operate here in Forest County within parameters which exceed customer expectations, while assuring the safety of both the public and the environmental.

 

 

Question #3

Where will the Park be located?

 

Answer

WORVPI’s Feasibility Study has identified as many as seven viable locations here in Forest County. A site (or sites) which are publically acceptable, environmentally responsible, and economically viable has not yet been decided upon.

 

 

Question #4

How many acres will the Park consist of?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan and Feasibility were both researched with the goal of developing and operating a 10,000 acre attraction. A Park of our size easily makes it a premier family vacation destination for motorized recreation enthusiasts.

 

 

Question #5

How will financing ne procured for the Park?

 

Answer

Our Business Plan and Feasibility Study both outline a number of potential funding/financing options. WORVPI has begun and will continue to explore those previously identified potential sources (Plan & Study). We have also identified numerous additional sources including public, private, public/private partnerships and potential corporate sponsorship. We have not yet determined how the entire amount needed will be acquired.

 

 

Question #6

Who will operate the Park?

 

Answer

While operational details such as this have not yet been finalized, the WORVPI Business Plan and Feasibility Study determined that WORVPI is capable of undertaking the development, operation and management of the Park. In fact, both recommend WORVPI as the preferred option. We are taking all necessary steps to assume operation should that be how this project unfolds.

 

 

Question #7

When will the Park open?

 

Answer

The potential economic impact of our Park to Forest County is huge. Our Park will create jobs opportunities and supply county and local governments with an influx of tax stimulus benefiting all county residents and land owners. As such, WORVPI hopes to open our Park as soon as all funding, operation, environmental and permitting requirements have been met.

 

 

Question #8

How many will the Park employ?

 

Answer

Our Business Plan and Feasibility Study outline the exact number of new jobs we anticipate creating directly through Park operations. Business created or increased locally by Park attendance and vacationers is also expected to create significant employment opportunities in Forest County (and all of northern Wisconsin). At this time our Park does not have a defined managing entity and therefore it would not be prudent to speculate on the specific number on jobs which will be created inside or outside our Park.

 

 

Question #9

Will the park use all natural obstacles or will rocks/challenges be imported?

 

Answer

It is too early to answer that question. The need for creating obstacles will be addressed by a future engineering design study. This study will be completed after the site has been determined, the acquisition accomplished, and a very detailed topographical analysis of the terrain has been completed. Where available we’ll use existing terrain and materials. If needed, to provide the anticipated experience, we will design and/or construct an entertaining venue.

 

 

Question #10

What is the least amount of land that will support this park?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan & Feasibility Study both were researched with the goal of developing and operating a 10,000 acre park. While less acreage is an option, it would invalidate much of the research already conducted. Development of the park in stages (for example: 5000 acres-7500 acres-10,000 acres) would be an option and still fall within the criteria used for much of the research.

 

 

Question #11

What will it cost to get in?

 

 

Answer

It is too early to answer this question accurately. The WORVPI Business Plan suggests a two-tier pricing structure. Our consumer research also supports that pricing.

 

 

Question #12

Can we drink at the park?

 

Answer

Wisconsin has a cultural connection with alcohol consumption. There is a time and place for alcohol. Our preliminary safety and insurance research shows that the motorized recreation area of the park should have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. As a portion of the park is planned to accommodate the family camping experience, a responsible alcohol consumption program would no doubt be appropriate in that area.

 

 

Question #13

Will you allow tractor tires?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan & Feasibility Study both were researched with the goal of developing and operating an OHV venue which meets and exceeds the recreational desires of all OHV enthusiasts from novice-to-experienced and mild-to-wild. Our focus is to provide these opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety. We anticipate meeting this demand.

 

 

Question #14

Will there be a place to play in the mud?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan & Feasibility Study both were researched with the goal of developing and operating an OHV venue which meets and exceeds the recreational desires of all OHV enthusiasts from novice-to-experienced and mild-to-wild. Our focus is to provide these opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety. We anticipate meeting this demand.

 

 

Question #15

Do we have to be guided on trails?

 

Answer

Neither the WORVPI Business Plan nor Feasibility Study found a demand for

guided trails. This venue is currently being serviced by numerous entities across the country (including right here in Forest County). We do not anticipate providing this service.

 

 

Question #16

Will it be open in winter?

 

Answer

Current plans are to be operational year round. Possible seasonal closures and off-season hours are being considered.

 

 

Question #17

Will there be a tire size restriction?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan & Feasibility Study both were researched with the goal of developing and operating an OHV venue which meets and exceeds the recreational desires of all OHV enthusiasts from novice-to-experienced and mild-to-wild. Our focus is to provide these opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety. We do not anticipate needing a general tire size restriction.

 

 

Question #18

Does my truck need to be street legal/licensed?

 

Answer

No. All vehicles will need to be in compliance with Wisconsin laws and Forest County regulations pertaining to their specific vehicle types.

 

 

Question #19

Does my vehicle require insurance?

 

Answer

We do not anticipate a need for insurance at this time. However, our Park will require all visitors to sign a waiver of liability and an agreement to hold harmless as it applies to our Park and WORVPI. We will encourage, and highly recommend that all visitors have adequate insurance coverage to avoid legal complications and any possible financial hardship to them or their families.

 

Question #20

Will there be age limitations for drivers/passengers?

Answer

All vehicles will need to be operated in compliance with Wisconsin laws and Forest County regulations pertaining to their specific vehicle types. We plan to have a separate training area for children to operate their vehicles under close adult supervision and away from experienced motorized recreation enthusiasts.

 

 

Question #21

Are there trail ratings?

 

Answer

As most OHV parks, we plan to have a trail ratings system in place to educate, inform and assure the safety of our guests.

 

 

Question #22

Will the park be continually staffed and patrolled?

 

Answer

Our focus is to provide recreation and vacation opportunities in a manner which entails a high level of personal and environmental safety. The motorized recreation portion of the park will have set hours of operation during which staff will be on hand. The non-motorized recreation area of the park will be staffed 24 hours a day during peak vacation season. We will have policies in place which focus on both personal and environmental safety.

 

 

Question #23

Will there be sound restrictions?

 

Answer

All vehicles will need to be operated in compliance with Wisconsin laws and Forest County regulations pertaining to their specific vehicle types. Our visitors will comply with these restrictions to enhance the experience of other guests and to be a good neighbor to our Forest County hosts.

 

 

Question #24

Are there group size minimums?

 

Answer

Our focus is to provide recreation and vacation opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety. As with any public gathering, capacity limits will be enforced to assure personal and environmental safety. We plan to strongly encourage riders not to ride alone. This is a recipe for disaster.

Question #25

When I get stuck will Park staff be able to get me unstuck?

 

Answer

Our focus is to provide recreation and vacation opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety, while stimulating economic development in Forest County. We will encourage visitors not to exceed their skill levels. Legal and financial restrictions do not allow us to provide that service, however a list of reputable service providers which the vehicle owner can contract with to facilitate becoming “unstuck” will be available.

 

 

Question #26

Is there an emergency call number/radio frequency available to contact Park staff?

 

Answer

Our focus is to provide recreation and vacation opportunities in a manner which assures personal and environmental safety, while stimulating economic development in Forest County. Our Park will have an emergency procedure as part of our Personal & Environmental Safety Policy. This safety plan is currently being developed by an environmental and personal safety expert. We anticipate completion in the very near future.

 

Question #27

Will there be a free clean-up station for the end of the day?

 

Answer

Throughout our entire planning process, WORVPI has focused on assuring that personal safety and environmental concern has remained forefront in the planning process. We plan to work closely with federal, state, county, local and tribal entities to further assure that any environmental impact is addressed and limited. We have included environmental engineering in our proposal and will be relying heavily on that expertise to assist us in this area. As for free clean-up stations, that is one possible way to exceed customer expectations as well as limit potential safety hazards and environmental impact.

 

 

Question #28

Will the trail networks be for any/all at the same time, or are some sections going to be for full-size, Jeep-size, UTV, ATV, and OHM only?

 

Answer

Throughout our entire planning process, WORVPI has focused on assuring that personal safety and environmental concern has remained forefront in the planning process. Our Business Plan and Feasibility Study both recommend and include professional park design engineering to provide guidance in the development of our Park. An experienced expert in park design will assure both environmental responsibility and personal safety throughout the development process. Where it is appropriate and can be accomplished safely, sections of roads, trails and recreation/play areas could be shared by multiple user groups.

 

 

Question #29

Yearly or daily entry fee? What if I bring a different vehicle each trip?

 

Answer

Our Business Plan has identified both annual and daily fees as a customer preference. Additionally, several possible discount programs are presented in the Plan.

 

 

Question #30

Will the park be open year round?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan recommends being open year round. We do anticipate short seasonal closures. Our focus is to provide recreation and vacation opportunities in a manner that assures both personal and environmental safety, while also being committed to supporting local values, Park staff and our volunteers.

 

 

Question #31

Will there be gathering buildings at the park?

 

Answer

The WORVPI Business Plan and Feasibility Study both identified several added amenities (including a gathering shelter, gift shop, business office, restrooms, showers, etc.) which will not only facilitate Park operations, but also allow WORVPI to better serve and exceed the expectations of vacationing families as well as local residents.

 

 

Question #32

Can the park be closed for a private group event?

 

Answer

With nearly 10,000 acres available for recreational development, we anticipate being able to provide opportunities for several large groups, as well as the motorized recreation public, with ease. While there are currently no expectations to close for private group events, it would be a poor business decision to not consider doing so. One can imagine that in order to accommodate a request by a major corporate sponsor or to meet the needs of a national media type event such a closure may be necessary. An event of this type would indeed be a huge additional boost to the local economy.

 

 

Question #33

What about the individuals who may wish to hunt or fish on the proposed site?

 

Answer

Forest County has a historical connection with hunting and fishing. Of the nearly 1100 square miles which comprise Forest County, over 600 square miles are publicly owned (federal, state and county). This does not include tribal holdings and Managed Forest Lands which are also open to hunting and fishing. Our Park will be approximately 4 square miles in total foot print. This is less than one percent of the public land currently available and less then ¼ of 1% of the total land mass of the county. When looked at from this perspective, the realized impact upon hunting and fishing will be extremely minimal. WORVPI will continue to stress personal safety throughout our Park development process. Additionally, WORVPI is willing to address privately any impact on individual sportsmen to assure that their rich sporting heritage is considered.   Where it is appropriate and can be accomplished safely areas could be shared by multiple user groups.       

 

 

For answers to additional questions or to find out what you can do to assure that a Motorized Recreation Area becomes a reality in Forest County contact:

 

            Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park, Incorporated (WORVPI)

            116 South Lake Avenue

            Crandon, WI 54520

            (715) 478-3450 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  

 

Forest County ROCKS!

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116 South Lake Avenue • Crandon, Wisconsin • 54520

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