Rockford to Build Off-Road Highway Vehicle Park in 2005

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Thanks to a $316,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in late 2005 Rockford will be home to Rocky Glen off Highway Park.

One of the only such parks in northern Illinois, the IDNR will make the grant possible from fees of off-highway vehicles purchased in Illinois.

The 12-mile park will include trails for both motorcross and ATVs, and include training areas for beginners. Organizers say because of the site's heavily wooded area, neighbors were receptive of the project.

Park developers will begin construction in the coming months. They predict the park will draw 15,000 riders a year.

"Today we have to look at ways of bringing in revenue. This is a new way to doing it, a lot of excitement bringing in people to this community, spending their time, getting to know Rockford, this is very important," Rockford 5th Ward Alderman Victory Bell said.

Developers say they will likely charge a $20 daily fee to ride and are also looking to offer season pass packages.