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| Rose Winn, Cal4Wheel Natural Resources Consultant | Access Issues


California State Parks (CSP) will hold an open house to inform the public about the Off-Highway Vehicle Access Project and receive input.

Date: March 31, 2023
Location: Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, 888 Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs 92262
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held in person, and the public can join anytime between 9:00a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will be stations with topics of interest and time to discuss the project with State Parks staff. The public will learn about Senate Bill 155 and the Department’s process for searching, selecting, and acquiring property; discuss OHV recreation opportunities and visitor needs; and discuss potential locations for OHV recreation opportunities, including partnerships, leases, and new properties.

Project Background

In September 2021, Senate Bill 155 amended Public Resources Code Section 5090.42. This bill transferred funding from the General Fund to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trust Fund to explore the acquisition and development of properties and opportunities to expand OHV recreation in new and existing facilities. The bill was amended as a result of the botched Carnegie SVRA expansion and subsequent loss of the Tesla property, for which OHV funds had already been expended. The amended bill recommends prioritizing opportunities that can serve large urban areas such as the Bay Area and Central Valley and offer potential recreational opportunities for OHV recreation and motorized access to nonmotorized recreation.

The March 31 meeting is the second of several opportunities to be involved in this project, including virtual and in-person meetings. California State Parks will develop a preliminary report, feasibility study, and OHV Recreation Access Plan with recommendations and strategies to enhance existing OHV recreation areas or expand OHV recreation within the State through an acquisition, lease, land swap, or other available means. The project would also consider developing motorized access to non-motorized recreational opportunities.  

The OHV Access webpage will also list future meetings Off-Highway Vehicle Access Project (

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