Off-Road Riders Protest In Tracy
TRACY, Calif. — Hundreds of off-road enthusiasts rallied Monday at a park protest in Tracy. They want to keep Carnegie State Park open, which was scheduled to shut down Wednesday.
On Monday afternoon, the group found out that the park would remain open until at least Jan. 11.
Lawsuits brought by two environmental groups claimed erosion caused by the vehicles pollutes Corral Hollow Creek, which runs through the park. ”People won’t be here, it will be empty, a sad day for the Central Valley and people that enjoy this area,” park supporter Don Amador said.
More than 100,000 riders use the park each year.
Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance is leading the environmental charge. ”We are saying you’ve got to comply with the law, that the park is not above the law,” Jennings said.
On Monday, a state court of appeals agreed to look at the case and said the park can stay open until at least Jan. 11 when the case will be heard.
While the legal battle continues, riders said they just want the park to stay open. “This place is older than I am. … I think it is ridiculous,” motorcyclist Bobby Agens said.
- OHMVR Update on Appeal – http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26096