Chris Didamo Receives Gino's OHV Spirit Award
from the Iowa OHV Association
NOHVCC's Nebraska State Partner is the main man
behind Iowa's largest OHV park
The Iowa OHV Association (IOHVA) recently
awarded Chris Didamo with the Gino's OHV Spirit
Award for his work with the River Valley
OHV Park near Council Bluffs, IA. Didamo is the
NOHVCC State Partner for Nebraska which lies
just across the river from Council Bluffs.
"We wanted to recognize all the years of hard
work Chris has put into the River Valley park,"
said IOHVA Executive Director Dan Kleen. "He not
only helped start it back in 2001, but he's
pretty much overseeing the day-to-day operation
of the park today in his capacity as President
of the River Valley Trailriders."
The award is named in honor of Gino Quandt
who was very active in Iowa OHV clubs and issues
for many years.
Kleen added, "Riders need to be aware that
they can't take wonderful riding opportunities
like the River Valley park for granted. It took
many years of hard work by enthusiasts like
Chris for the park to even exist in the first
place. If everyone who is passionate about OHVs
did as much for the sport as Chris does, we'd
all be a lot better off."
After receiving the award Chris said "It
couldn't have come at a better time to keep me
motivated. We are in the middle of dealing with
the Nebraska and Iowa Departments of
Transportation as they are building a new bridge
across the river that is going right through our
parking lot. Covering the park's interests
during this long process has been a headache,
but I think we're going to come out OK in the
long run and already have a new paved parking
lot to show for our troubles."
For more info, got to the
IOHVA website and the
River Valley Trailriders website.
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