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Off-road vehicles just create problems

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should ban recreational vehicles from Ned Houk Park. Some responses:

“RATHER THAN BANISHING recreational vehicles from the park, I favor appropriate regulations with enforcement. Disregard of the rules should result in the vehicle operator being banished from the park.”

— Harold Burris, Clovis

“I BELIEVE RECREATIONAL vehicles should be banned from public parks. When I go out to the parks, I go to appreciate nature. Nothing spoils my enjoyment more than the sound of engines tearing up the environment and shattering the tranquility. Create a separate place for the machines, and leave the parks to the birds and the bees.”

— Gail Sharpe-Adkins, Clovis

“RV’S IN NED Houk Park would be OK if they would realize that it is their park and not abuse their privileges.”

— Mac McDonald, Clovis

“DEPENDING ON YOUR definition of recreational vehicles — an RV is a mobile home in which one enjoys visiting parks and etc.; an all-terrain vehicle tears up the terrain and causes foliage to die due to the exhaust fumes. They (ATVs) should be banned from parks and have a place to play that has no flora ... like a quarry or some other barren land.”

— Gerald Majewski, Clovis

“AS LONG AS there is a specific place for recreational vehicles to operate and adequate monitoring of that area and the environment, I see no reason for a ban.”

— Bill Gaedke, Clovis

“YES, FOR TWO reasons: 1) My son gets harassed by the motorized riders when he rides his mountain bike on the trails, or anywhere around Ned Houk. In fact, he just doesn’t go there any more. 2) I am a grouch who doesn’t like dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles or jet skies!”

— Carol Singletary, Clovis

“WHY CAN’T THE city come up with an area for the off-road vehicles to run without tearing up the terrain elsewhere? I have seen other cities that have areas dug out with dirt jumps and dips for the off-road bikes to run. I don’t participate in the off-road running vehicles, whether it be cycle or three wheels, or four wheels, but I know a lot of kids in the area are interested in this type of recreation. I think they should have their own area to run in.”

— Ardyth Elms, Clovis

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact editor David Stevens at :

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