In recent articles in the Tracy Press, The Record and the Tri-Valley Herald and on TV, reporters were talking about the possible closure of the Carnegie off-road park. Pictures in the Press showed people holding signs reading “Don’t close our park,” as if they, the off-roaders, have sole possession of and rights to the park.
Actually, it is no more their park than it is of any other resident of California. It belongs to and is maintained by the state park service. Although it is set up basically as an off-road vehicle park, it is still for anyone to use.
There are a lot of off-roaders getting a bum rap, because you have some rotten apples in the barrel who seem to think that, just because they have a bike or an ATV, they can ride anywhere they want with no regard to the damage they are doing to the environment, leaving ruts that, with the winter and spring rains or winter snowmelt, cause serious erosion problems.
I don’t totally agree with the environmental groups that are pushing the issue, but it seems to me if you need to get certain permits to keep the park open, you would be better served working toward that end than standing in front of a TV camera spouting “I’m mad as hell.”