NOHVCC staff travelled to Carson City on October 15 to celebrate the Grand (re)Opening of the Prison Hill OHV Recreation Area. As many of you will recall, NOHVCC has been working with Partners from Carson City, RecConnect, and local OHV clubs and enthusiasts for several years to help provide managed, sustainable OHV recreation at the site.
In attendance was Gregg Berggren, Trails Coordinator, Carson City Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Gregg has been one of the driving forces behind the project and served as emcee of the grand opening. He summed up the event best when he said:
On Saturday, October 15, Carson City Mayor Lori Bagwell, City Supervisor Lisa Schuette, Open Space staff, Deputies from the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, project partners, including NOHVCC, and other guests, did a ribbon cutting at the Grand Re-Opening of the Prison Hill OHV Area.
The event included a rock crawler demo, courtesy of a local crawler group, and a trail ride on the new Toad Rock Loop. The trail ride was thoroughly enjoyed by over 30 people on a beautiful Nevada fall day. We received a lot of positive feedback from participants, many of whom were first-time visitors to Prison Hill.
Our sincere thank you to NOHVCC, whose partnership with Carson City made this project possible. NOHVCC helped provide us with the expertise that we needed to transform this 900-acre location that once attracted illegal dumping and graffiti into a sustainable, family-friendly recreation area with opportunities for all ages and skill levels. We have a Tot-Lot, beginner area, MX track, rock crawler routes, and trails of varying difficulty. NOHVCC helped us to develop a management strategy, site plan, secured grant funding, and worked closely with us for over four years to see a successful conclusion.
Marc Hildesheim, NOHVCC Program Director, who has been involved with this project since the beginning said, “It has been very exciting to watch this area change from a party and dump spot to a family friendly area with clearly visible signs of management and care. There is still a lot of work to do but the progress in a relatively short amount of time has been amazing” said Hildesheim.
If you are ever in the Carson City Area, we invite you to stop by Prision Hill for a great day of riding, rock crawling or just to look around.
NOHVCC has been providing updates about our work at the Prison Hill Recreation Area outside of Carson City, Nevada. If you missed the updates check out: