Coalmont Mayor Preston Miller announced Monday the acquisition of 1,319 acres in Coalmont, for the development of an off-road vehicle park. The announcement was made at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the park.
Long-planned, the Southern Gulf Off-Road Park will attract ATV riders, including motorcycles, Jeeps, Humvees, and other dirt-sport vehicles.
In 2014, Coalmont was designated an “adventure tourism district,” which currently allows off-road vehicles to drive on public roads. Off-roaders can drive to gas stations, restaurants, and convenience stores offering a boost to the town’s economy.
The Conservation Fund facilitated the property acquisition on the city’s behalf, officials said. The Southern Four Wheel Drive Association has had a major hand in development by providing volunteer muscle to the project.
Officials don’t want to develop the park’s amenities too fast without some user input, Miller said. The park will start out with gravel parking areas and restrooms, he said. Future ideas include picnicking and RV camping facilities for people who want to stay and play, and other features users demand most.
“A couple of roads lead from state Highway 56 — the main highway through Coalmont — to B Mine Road, which leads into the park area,” Miller said.