Morning News-Lisa Lete
City Parks and Recreation Supervisor Scott Hays shows the water gun used to wet down the city's new ATV training track off Teeples Drive in Blackfoot. The city received funding from the state to renovate the old BMX track into one of the few ATV training tracks available in Idaho.
Blackfoot is now home to one of only a handful of ATV safety training tracks in the state. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation provided funding to the city earlier this spring to renovate an abandoned and run- down BMX track on the north end of town off Teeples Drive near the golf course.
The state of Idaho requires ATV riders under the age of 16 to take an ATV hands-on drivers safety course and many ATV clubs and organizations provide such safety training courses for their members as well.
According to Blackfoot's Parks and Recreation supervisor Scott Hays, the training track features plenty of dirt and hills depicting the type of terrain that ATV riders will encounter in this area and that it will accommodate all types of ATV vehicles and the skill levels of most riders.
Hays said the track currently features a water gun so that it can be wetted down to cut back on blowing dirt and that more improvements on the track are in the works...
"Plans are underway to build a 6-foot vinyl fence around the area by this fall," Hays said. "We'll also build a small shelter close by so that there will be a place to fill out paperwork."
Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue said the proposition from the state to build the training track in Blackfoot was a "win-win"situation for everyone and that the track will be a great asset to the city's recreational facilities, providing a unique opportunity for ATV enthusiasts throughout Eastern Idaho.