Motocross riders of all ages can now enjoy New Jersey's first state owned all-terrain vehicle park in Belleplain State Park in Woodbine after a special soft opening took place Sunday morning.
It may have been a soft opening but nevertheless it is finally here.
As Woodbine welcomes New Jersey's first owned all–terrain vehicle park.
"This is a project and activity that's been long overdue now there's a place people can bring their off the road vehicles and if it snows their snow mobiles to a place that's legally sanctioned," said Mayor William Pikolycky of Woodbine.
"It's good, it's good, it's fun not having to worry about anyone chasing you down or whether or not you're suppose to be here or suppose to be over here it's a good spot to be able to ride," said T.J. Meister
Now that this $500,000 project is completed and open to the public, it is currently being operated by the state but is hoping to able to hand over the reigns to someone else as soon as possible.
"We're hoping at some point in the future in the very near future to release an (RFP) Request for Proposal so that we can entice a private firm to come and operate this," explained Division of Parks & Forestry Assistant Director John Trontis.
And for experienced riders, the first ones to test out the state's new facility agrees that bringing in an outside entity to operate the park could improve the park in ways the state doesn't know how to yet.
"Definitely need some people who knows what they're doing to supervise the park, to run the park set up some trails, set up multiple tracks because one track isn't going to be right for all riders," said rider Ron McCallum. "One track is not even right for both dirt bikes and ATVs."
"It's a step in the right direction," Meister said. "It definitely needs some improvements just some overall improvements; bring in some good dirt, a couple of separate tracks and trails and stuff like that."
And although some riders may feel that the current track could use some work, they are still happy to finally have a place to ride.
"It's great, it's great been waiting for this for a long time," Meister expressed.
"Oh it's fantastic, it's long overdue," McCallum expressed.
The motocross park is completely free of charge and will be open everyday this week.
After that it will turn into a three day a week operation, operating only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.