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By: Robert Janis

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

OHV Theme Park Being Planned in Pennsylvania 

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West Property
West Property

Currently, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) are providing funding for the development of the Master Plan and Feasibility Study. In addition, the DCNR has already contributed an additional $400,000 to move forward with construction. However, Mack pointed out that sum is nowhere near the amount of money needed to actually complete construction. The Board hopes that once they have a Master Plan it will be easier for them to determine what options are open concerning the funding of construction and start up.

Another concern by some is safety since much of the land was used for mining. Mack pointed out that the Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation will perform remediation work to repair any hazards that might still be present due to mining activity.

Local ATV and OHV organizations have been providing input almost since day one of the project. Several members of the Planning Department’s steering committee are “intimately familiar with the ATV/OHV world,” said Mack. “They’ve ridden recreation areas all over the country and have been able to communicate their experiences with the rest of the group.”

In fact, input has come from all groups. “We’ve listened to the recommendations and concerns of local citizens, OHV enthusiasts, business owners, taxpayers, police and EMS services. We are continually evaluating any recommendations brought to our attention. This project is part of a public process where input from every citizen is necessary to make it a success,” said Mack.

Included in the grant submission to DCNR for various phases of construction were:

  • A Welcome Center
  • Parking Area to Accommodate Trailers
  • Extensive System of Organized Trails with Signage
  • Primitive and Full Hook Up Camp Sites
  • Restrooms
  • Shower Facilities
  • Picnic Pavilions
  • Picnic Tables
  • Vehicle Washing Center
  • Emergency Landing Zones
Side-x-Side Trail
Side-x-Side Trail

“When the time comes, we’ll need to hire an army of workers to bring the whole concept of the park to fruition. It will be a monumental task,” said Mack.

If a facility is constructed, the county of Northumberland will oversee it and will hire a staff and manager to operate it on a day-to-day basis.

A fee will be charged to use the park. However, an exact price has not yet been determined. Mack said that the steering committee and Planning Department are currently researching the fee structure of similar parks.

Plans call for the facility to be self-sustaining, and it is expected that it will be making a profit within five years of its opening. The profits will be reinvested back into the site to pay for continual improvements. “It must be sustainable and not a burden on the taxpayers of our region,” concluded Mack.

Although an opening date has not been determined, the facility already has its own website ( and Facebook page (

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