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    Eagle, Colorado 81631

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Eagle County Open Space, partners host soft opening of Dry Lake Motocross Park

Contact: Diane Mauriello, Eagle County Open Space Manager, 970-328-8698, diane.mauriello@eaglecounty.us; Jeremy Rietmann, Town of Gypsum Manager, 970-524-1730, jeremy@townofgypsum.com; Joe O’Malley Rocky, Mountain Sport Riders President, 970-471-9912, joeo@rmsrco.com

Sept. 11, 2018 – Thanks to contributions from Eagle County Open Space, the Town of Gypsum, Rocky Mountain Sport Riders, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Off-Highway Vehicle Program and the Bureau of Land Management, the Dry Lake Motocross Park is open for the 2018 season. A soft opening will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Dry Lake MX Park located approximately 4.5 miles north of Interstate 70 on Trail Gulch Road. A formal grand opening ceremony is planned for May 2019. 

The feature track, endurocross track, peewee track, mini track and singletrack are now open from sunrise to sunset until Sept. 30 this year, when the property will close to accommodate a seasonal wildlife closure. The park will reopen again May 1 and will follow this sunrise to sunset, May 1 to Sept. 30 schedule going forward. 

”This is a truly unique facility that caters to all skill levels and ages, as well as many types of riding. RMSR was formed 22 years ago with the intent of creating a facility such as this in the county,” said Joe O’Malley, President of Rocky Mountain Sport Riders. “The dream has finally come to fruition for RMSR and off-road motorcycle community. We could not have done it without support from our partners and our dedicated volunteers and donors. It’s an incredible example of the power of community.” 

The Eagle County Open Space-supported project fills a major community recreation need. The Dry Lake Motocross Park facility is the only one of its kind along the I-70 corridor between Denver and Grand Junction. The various types and difficulty levels of the tracks accommodate beginner to advanced riders. 

During consideration of the proposal, Eagle County Open Space staff and the Open Space Advisory Committee recognized Dry Lake not only provided recreation access to a large and important user group but also protected certain lands in the immediate vicinity of the motorized track. The project was approved in late 2016.

Eagle County Open Space contributed $650,000 to the project, plus an additional $50,000 in transaction costs. The Town of Gypsum provided $50,000 and agreed to own and operate the property, including a lease of the motocross park to Rocky Mountain Sport Riders. Rocky Mountain Sport Riders have volunteered time in support of park design, construction and maintenance and were awarded a $150,000 grant from Colorado Parks & Wildlife Off-Highway Vehicle Program for park construction, which began in May 2017. Financial and in-kind support from local businesses and private donors has also been instrumental in the success of the project. 

Of the 274-acre Dry Lake property, 117 acres of the property are restricted by a conservation easement held by Eagle County Open Space. Portions of the remaining 157 acres are to be used mainly as a motorized recreation course. This portion of the property is subject to a restrictive covenant, which prevents development beyond the recreational improvements.

“The tracks built up there are really something to behold,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeremy Rietmann. “I know the project has been the source of a lot of hard work for the Rocky Mountain Sports Riders, but their commitment and diligence is now paying out big ‘fun dividends’ for a lot of people. I encourage riders to share their thanks with the club, Eagle County Open Space and the Gypsum Town Council for making it possible.” 

For more details about the Eagle County Open Space program, contact Eagle County Open Space Manager Diane Mauriello at 970-328-8698. For more details about the Dry Lake Motocross Park, contact Rocky Mountain Sport Riders at 970-231-4536 or visit goo.gl/2ZSVhQ.