Motocross track outside of Granite Falls still in the worksBY CHUCK TUCK | JOURNAL REPORTER Controversy still leading the way through the process The debate rages on between full-time residents who want peace and quiet, and the weekend recreation hobbyists who want to ride their motorcycles and other all-terrain vehicles (ATV) on a professionally laid-out race track close to home.
A proposed 75 acre, for profit motorcycle track is still in the works for the heads of MXGP Gary Strode and Paul Thomas.
Many of their opponents are against the track due to concerns over destruction of natural animal habitat, noise pollution, traffic, safety of the riders, and the general loss of quality of life.
Proponents of the track are strong, and include Granite Falls City Council members and its own Mayor Lyle Romack, who believe bringing in such a venue will also bring in much needed tourist dollars to the local economy.
According to reports of the proposed MXGP tracks, the facility would offer camping sites, bleacher seating for viewing, parking, and concession stands, and charge an entrance fee to those wanting to ride, race, or watch an event.
Outdoor adventure, extreme sports, and the need to escape city life have all lead to more people each year looking for a close to home outlet.
Although outdoor adventure and extreme sports can be enjoyed with or without a motorized vehicle, it’s no surprise that so many who don’t live in the area want to see the MXGP track come to fruition.
Many, who favor the idea of a track outside of Granite Falls off the Mountain Loop Highway, see this as a family affair and a time to bond with their children and friends, and to escape the bustle of big city life.
These are some of the same reasons given by those who oppose the idea of a new motocross track in the hills off of Mountain Loop.
Many residents who would or could be affected by noise and traffic say those who seek weekend refuge are some of the exact reasons they moved to the area, to escape all the hustle and bustle of noise and traffic of the city, so why bring it to them?
A soon to be released independent report on noise pollution will be considered by the County Council, a step needed before any final decision is made.
Until then, the debate goes on between strong supporters on both sides of the track.