Calling All Off-Road Enthusiasts
Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation has had a project in the works for some time now to try to create an all new OHV area in many places. One of the those places is currently in jeopardy of being scrapped altogether. Los Angeles County had been acquiring parcels of land to add to existing OHV areas or create all new OHV areas. Robert Ettleman, Los Angeles County Planner has been working closely with Mike Bishop, President of Azusa Canyon Off Road Association (ACORA) as well as Ed Waldhiem, President of California Off Road Vehicle Association (CORVA), to enhance the OHV opportunities in Los Angeles County.
Ettleman has worked with the U.S. Forestry Service in Rowher Flats to fund shade, restrooms and tables. In addition, they are trying to assist with the access road to enter Rowher and have even been looking at parcels of land that were in default and have requested to purchase them using County Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHVMR) state assigned funds.
The areas that were purchased in this case with the support of Los Angeles County were an annex to the existing OHV area at Littlerock. The OHV recreation park will likely propose one or more vault bathrooms very similar to the ones the BLM and USFS use, steel shade structures, steel picnic benches, steel bear resistant trash receptacles and trail kiosk, and interpretive signage throughout the park. The goal is to keep the area as natural as possible. The plan also calls for plenty of internal trails, an ATV/Motorcycle training area, a 90cc and under kiddie course and a rock crawl area for 4x4’s.
Unfortunately, there is a big hurdle in the way that could stop the project dead in its tracks next week if we don’t come together to show our support for OHV areas. A very small group of homeowners (about 10 to 20 total) are on the verge of influencing the Board to cancel the project. CORVA has come out to every meeting with many of its members while Robert himself has gone door to door to drum up local business support but the only thing that will keep the project from being cancelled are all of us coming out in full force to show the board that we are very passionate about creating this new OHV area in Littlerock.
Parks and Recreation has been directed to bring a consultant in to see what is really going on to decide whether or not there is support for the proposed OHV area. No doubt about it, this is the last chance meeting for Los Angeles County to hear from the OHV community. The project was designed as a way to stop some "garage riders" from annoying the public. Unfortunately, without more support, it seems like the few owners would rather have some illegal riding rather than a designated place that is safe for the entire community. Los Angeles County has said they will work to improve the area and fund an Obstacle Course and ATV designated kids riding area but all of that could become a moot point if we don’t show up in full force to the last chance meeting today.
Mike Bishop has offered a $100 free raffle if over 50 people show up. Ideally they need at least 100 supporters to show up. The meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, November 20, at 6:30 pm at Jackie Robinson Park in Littlerock, CA. It is highly important that constituents and OHV users show up for this meeting to show their support for this project, as well as future OHV projects.
Here's a link to the PDF Flier for the meeting:
Here's a link to the PDF of the map for the proposed Littlerock OHV Area: