The prospective for an ATV park in Nicholas County continues to be assessed by the County, Cities of Richwood and Summersville, and the NRGRDA. The Phase I feasibility study was presented in Richwood on January 14. While the project will require significant groundwork and development, the potential returns for the area and region are significant. Moto Trails Inc. provided a thorough feasibility for trail development at the site under consideration, comparison of three trailhead solutions, the investment required for a five-year launch, and the prospect for returns to the community.
The ATV steering team will be meeting subsequently to determine a development plan and next actions that can bring this project to reality. The state Brownfield office has worked closely with the NRGRDA office and the WV DEP in requesting an EPA assessment grant to evaluate the site of the former Richwood landfill, which will be strategic to the ATV trail development. As with any project of this magnitude, there are a variety of hurdles to overcome. However, the efforts and teamwork that have brought the initiative to this point provide encouragement for those involved, and more importantly, a glimmer of hope for a community that has been particularly challenged, especially recently.
The NRGRDA looks forward to bringing our best effort in keeping this initiative moving forward. The economic diversity and natural fit to our region make this an exciting endeavor.