OHV Park 21 Dec 11

Renville County’s Board of Commissioners toured the area proposed as a possible off-highway vehicle park on Tuesday, one week before they will take a vote on it.

The West Central Tribune reports the quiet December tour gave little hint of the controversy that has divided neighbors and recreational users of the Minnesota River.

The commissioners will be deciding whether staff should proceed with efforts to obtain state and federal grant funds for an estimated $1.3 million park. It would be located in sections 22 and 23 of Sacred Heart Township north of the Minnesota River and east of the Enestvedt Seed Farm. It would be bisected by County Road 15, part of the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway.

If the county is to proceed with the project this coming year, it would need to have grant applications ready by the end of February, according to Mark Erickson, director of environment and community development.

The county would need to match portions of the various grants.

Landowners have offered to sell separate parcels of 157 and 115 acres for the park.