Valley landowner seeks support for motocross track
February 24, 2012
A Carson Valley property owner is seeking support for putting a motocross track on his land located south of the airport.
Longtime resident Gary Dykes has been in talks with Nevada Motocross Park director Steve Brown for the better part of a year.
A motocross track operating on county land next to the Douglas County Animal Shelter prompted complaints from Ruhenstroth residents about noise. That track was abandoned in 2010 after the county told organizers they had to find a new site.
Dykes said he has had objections from the Minden-Tahoe Airport and Bently Nevada.
“Steve and I have tried to work with my neighbors for a year now,” Dykes said.
Dykes is asking residents for their support through letters and phone calls.
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“I also invite specific objections to this proposal from anyone,” he said.
Airport Manager Bobbi Thompson said she believes that having a large event between two runways at the airport is a safety issue.
“We would be very concerned about aircraft approaching with that activity underneath them,” she said. We have grave safety concerns about having a multiple-person activity in that area. It’s just a natural distraction to a pilot on approach.”
Thompson said that there isn’t adequate access to Dykes’ property.
“We’ve had to escort them across the airport to get to his property,” Thompson said. “He doesn’t have access to the property for himself.”
The 40-acre property is located south of the airport.
Dykes lived on the property until 1996 when his home burned down. Access to the land is supposed to be from East Valley, Thompson said.
Dykes has received support from the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority.
Executive Director Bill Chernock said he’s looked at the parcel and it appears to meet the requirements for a track.
A 16-acre site near the airport was one of the early suggestions for a location of a motocross track in 2008.
The track site near the Douglas County Animal Shelter was built on 20 acres of county land in May 2009. Opposition from neighbors in Ruhenstroth prompted county commissioners to limit the track use to two years.
Organizers have been seeking a new site for the motocross track every since, including exploring a site at Topaz Lake.