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Off-Road Park memberships selling fast in Forest County

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          Contact: John Schnorr

April 7, 2014                                                                                          (715) 490-5463

Off-Road Park memberships selling fast in Forest County

Proposed Park has over 60 charter members before an acre is acquired

In just the first few months since the plan was announced, over 60 members have invested $150 each to become charter members of the Off-Road Park that is being proposed in Forest County. The charter memberships are being limited to 100.

“Thousands of off-road enthusiasts in Wisconsin have been hopeful for a local park for quite some time and we are tired of making the trips outside Wisconsin in order to enjoy our hobby,” stated new charter member Adam Chaffee of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin who sent his check to the Wisconsin Off-Road Park, Incorporated (WORVPI) recently. “Right now enthusiasts have to make the long trips to Minnesota, Michigan, and even Missouri and Utah. A park in Forest County will be able to provide more frequent visits so that we can enjoy our hobby more often. I also love Forest County as the proposed site because they understand enthusiasm for Off-Road vehicles.”

WORVPI was formed in Forest County by several interested stakeholders and local organizations several years to go through the necessary planning steps to make certain that the park is economically viable and can be done in an environmentally friendly way without disruption to residents in the county. The feasibility study reveals a substantial economic impact for Forest County businesses with Forest County sales tax going to both the county treasury and to the Tourism Commission through room tax receipts. Annual guest attendance to the park are being kept conservative but the potential seems significant considering parks such as Michigan’s Silver Lake ORV Park host over 600,000 visitors annually.

Off-Road Parks have favorable impact to communities nearby, as evidenced by Gilbert, Minnesota. Gilbert was once known as the red-light district of the Iron Range in Minnesota now proclaims itself as the “Home of Minnesota’s first ORV Park.” According to Bob Chance, Recreation Area Manager for Minnesota’s DNR “Gilbert has seen several businesses launched since the Park was opened in 2007 including a rental business that rents ATVs, we have a car wash that's all of a sudden popped up, and the idea was they would cater to people using the recreation area. The [city] campground has increased its business over and over and over again to the point where now it's a moneymaker and before we opened up it was not. And then another campground, a private campground, opened up. So we see things happening in Gilbert that were not there before.” Minnesota’s park is located significantly further north than Forest County, Wisconsin.

WORVPI’s charter members will receive a dash plaque, and their name will be enshrined in a plaque that will be installed within the park once it is operational. To become a charter member of the Off-Road Park, you can find information at www.worvpi.org.

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