The new 40-acre park will be a playground for all-terrain vehicles
Members of the Pahrump Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Park Advisory Committee dug into their golden shovels on March 19 to dedicate a new 40-acre park for off-road vehicles and outdoor activities located on the fairgrounds from Highway 160 near Dandelion Street.
The park will be built in phases and will include baseball diamonds, an equestrian area, a track for radio-controlled devices and an all-terrain vehicle track that is expected to debut next year, according to local officials.
“I want to do this for the kids,” said Jimmy Lewis, chairman of the Pahrump OHV Park Advisory Board. “We’re all kids when we get on our ORVs…the idea is that we want to have opportunities for everyone.”
First on the agenda is to fence off the land and build a berm around the 40 acres to soundproof the area, according to Nye County Commissioner Debra Strickland. There is already a bulldozer on the ground and a tank truck transporting earth.
Construction will take about a year to complete as much of the labor will be from volunteers, but everyone would like to see the track open sooner.
“With a project like this, we can’t have too many volunteers,” said Brad Harris, co-chair of the OHV committee. “If there is anything, I would like volunteers to help me.”
The off-road park will provide a safe environment for people to learn to use all-terrain vehicles and for those who want to ride on a designated track.
“The worst thing you can think of is your kid going out in the desert and getting hurt,” Harris said.
Off-road riding is a tough sport, Harris said, and he would have more peace of mind if his son was riding in a controlled environment. A track is also a safer option for more experienced riders who often explore the desert solo.
“It’s a lot more dangerous being in the desert than being on the trail,” Harris said.
Pahrump locals love their all-terrain vehicles and like to adventure, he said, but Harris also sees an opportunity for foreigners to come to the park and hopefully spend some money here. .
An OHV registration sticker is required to access it. Fees collected on the use of the park will help support the project.
This month’s inauguration lasted two years.
Bob Adams, off-road ambassador for Pahrump and Nevada Silver Trails Tourism, was successful in securing a $150,000 grant to support much of the $277,000 project. Nye County was also a partner in the project.