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Board of Commissioners

Frank J. Sawicki, Chairman
Vinny Clausi
Kurt A. Masser

   County of Northumberland
Office of the Commissioners
Administration Center
399 S. Fifth Street
Sunbury, PA 17801

   Administration Center
399 S. 5th Street
Sunbury, PA  17801

Telephone: 570.988.4564
Fax: 570.988.4445

Press Release:
Issued Northumberland County
Commissioners Frank J. Sawicki, Vinny Clausi and Kurt Masser

Press Release

CONTACT:      Ms. Kathy Jeremiah, Project Coordinator
Northumberland County Planning Department
399 S. Fifth Street
Sunbury, PA 17801

REGARDING:   Northumberland County Off Highway Vehicle Park Master Plan

Northumberland County will host a Public Input Session on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:30 pm, at the Shamokin Area Junior Senior High School Auditorium, 2000 W. State Street, Coal Township, PA 17866.  The County has commissioned a study to develop over 6,000 acres of County owned property to create an Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreational facility.  This meeting is being held to gather public input relative to the development of the facility.

Pat Mack, Director of the Northumberland County Planning Department, said “We want to obtain input from residents of the County regarding the proposed park.  We want their thoughts and ideas on how we can develop a world class off highway vehicle park in the County.  With the development of this park there will be opportunities to create jobs and provide those who come to visit the park with the goods and services they desire.  The economic potential related to the development of the park is unlike anything the County has experienced in recent years.”    Mack goes on to say “We have an opportunity to provide a facility to meet a demand that is not very well met in Pennsylvania.  If we do this right Northumberland County can be regionally and nationally known as the home of one of the best parks and best places in the United States for motorized and non-motorized recreation.”

Kathy Jeremiah, project coordinator for the Northumberland County Planning Department, stated “The park area, which is over 6,000 acres in size, can accommodate a variety of motorized and non-motorized uses, including full size 4x4’s, rock crawling, MX, ATV, and UTV use, mountain biking, equestrian trail riding, hiking, hunting, camping, and environmental interpretation, to name a few.  It is important that the public come to the meeting and share with us their wishes for the park.”

This is the first of two public input sessions being held during the master planning process for the park.  A second follow-up meeting will be held in the Fall.

Commissioner Kurt Masser said “There is a lot of enthusiasm behind this effort and it has the potential to have a significant positive financial impact to the County and its business community.  There are a lot of issues to address, and a lot of planning that needs to take place.  We’ve started that process and this is your opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.  We encourage you to participate in this process by attending this important meeting.” 

The master plan is being funded with grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  The plan is being prepared by Pashek Associates, a Landscape Architecture and Community Planning Firm located in Pittsburgh in conjunction with Pennoni Associates of Mechanicsburg.

I would like to see a group of PA Jeep peeps make it to this!


This meeting is the best opportunity for people to have direct input into this OHV park project. The County and the engineering firm want to hear from YOU, the people that will be using this facility. They want to build what YOU want and need.

 A lot of you have shown your support in the past by writing  letters of support. Those letters are what pushed this project along to where we are now. The project is in the Master Site Development Plan phase. The MSDP is scheduled to be completed by January 2011. Actual construction could start by next spring/summer.

 This meeting is the only time direct public input will be heard BEFORE the engineering work starts.  The second , and last, public meeting will be some time in the fall . That meeting will unveil all the work completed to that time in preparation to finalize the MSDP.  So now is the time for you to speak up.

 Please come if there is anyway you can possibly make it. Thank you for your support.  Barry

I am free so far and could make this trip, anyone else planning on attending for car pool or convoy?

Mike D:
Lori and I will be going !  Lori is going to pick me up in Harrisburg at work at 3:15. I will not be taking the Jeep (185 miles round trip -:- 7 miles to the gallons = not good)

If there is any questions you want us to ask or input please post them up!!!


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