Could bigger Iron Range off-road park...

Could bigger Iron Range off-road park be a national attraction?

There are 3 comments on the Grand Forks Herald story from Feb 9, 2009, titled Could bigger Iron Range off-road park be a national attraction?. In it, Grand Forks Herald reports that:

There was strong support at a public hearing Friday for a long-planned expansion of the Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Gilbert, Minn., an expansion that promoters say could transform the park into a national ...

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John Galt

Tamarack, MN

#1 Feb 9, 2009
Hmmm....there is a campground there which is usually full during the summer. There are a few motels nearby, several of which Norman Bates would feel right at home in. I'm not sure where all the people who are supposed to come to this proposed attraction are supposed to stay.

Gilbert has a population of 1100 and 13 bars, so some "needs" can be accomodated at least. So, if you'd like to drive your four-wheeler on a nice course and don't mind that pretty much all of the locals will hate you for making the trip and spending your money here, by all means, do stop in.

Boulder, CO

#2 Feb 12, 2009
So when the laws of supply and demand push gas prices back up over $4/gal and further, will people still want to drive here and burn expensive gas?

The world is past the half-way point of how much oil we can pump out of the ground. Gas prices are cheap now, but it won't last -- probably by late 2009/early 2010 they will begin climbing again. This time they won't stop at $4/gallon.

Loading ATVs on a pickup or trailer and driving from 200 miles away to get here and burn more gas on the trails will turn into a luxury only a few people can afford.

To me this looks like something that will initially be very popular, but in five years we will be looking at a ghost-park. This will have turned out to be a big waste of time/money.

Can the City of Virginia afford this? They are considering auctioning off a vintage firearm to offset budget shortfalls. This ultimately will come back to bite them as well.

But the ones who really get screwed are those who build motels and restaurants to serve the crowds. They will lose their shirts!
John Galt

Tamarack, MN

#3 Feb 24, 2009
It might be worth noting that recent infrastructure projects in Gilbert have included a large campground and recreational area, along with a residential lakeshore development.....along the shores of a lake (actually a former mine pit) which is currently losing water and draining at a rate of nearly 20 feet per year.

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