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State run ATV park opening this weekend

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An exciting new outdoor motocross facility is opening this weekend in Woodbine.

It's a project years in the making, and now it's finally here.

"This is great. This is a step in the right direction. We needed this for a long time," rider and nearby resident Eric Hartem said.

Eric Hartem is all revved up and Friday morning he came down to the Mount Pleasant State Park to check things out before the ATV tracks grand opening on Sunday.

"We'll have a place we can ride and we can look forward to. Everyone just has to respect the place," Hartem explained.

Construction crews put the finishing touches on the track early Friday Morning.

It's nearly a mile long and has jumps, curves, and obstacles.

"You want a little bit of every terrain. And this is what this offers. Instead of going and being illegal you'll have a place that you can come and practice," Hartem said.

The mayor says he expects this track to be multi purpose.

"This is not just for off road vehicles, its for snow mobiles too," Woodbine Mayor William Pikolycky said.

Mayor Pikolycky says this is a win–win for everyone. This is the first state funded ATV park in New Jersey and he expects within the next couple of years that the $393,000 property will be sold to a private company that will expand it.

"I think it's going to be an economic booster for the area because its going to be a facility that has been long over due," Pikolycky said.

The mayor sees a company expanding the property to include paintball and a larger course. For now anyone can come down and enjoy the track seven days a week free of charge.

Because of the expected crowds, if you are planning on riding this Sunday at the grand opening you will have register first for one of the two riding sessions at the Belle Plain state forest office.

Use of the track will be limited to registered ATV's and dirt bikes only. When it snows, snow mobiles will be permitted on the track.

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