Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

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Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby Mu-taint » Thu Jan 15, 2009 12:31 am

Found this posting on GLFWDA - Great News!

Quote:
Off-roaders to get boost with new addition to Genesee County's Mounds ORV Park

by Elizabeth Shaw | The Flint Journal Thursday January 08, 2009, 1:48 PM


Note: The time stamp of this article has been changed from its original post earlier today. New information was added.
GENESEE TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- Off-road enthusiasts will have something more to roar about this year at the Mounds ORV Park.
Genesee County parks officials got the word over the holiday break that the state Department of Natural Resources is giving them $100,000 to build the next bigger, badder and better phase of the Mounds Rock Crawl.
A DNR grant last year built Phase One, a three-quarter-acre rock course designed to be handled by most stock off-road vehicles, with rocks 12 inches in diameter or less.
The new Phase Two will cover about 1.5 acres with a rolling log jam trail, a staircase feature and a rock crawl with boulders 30 inches or more in diameter.
"It's not so much the size of the course. It's the challenge. And this is going to have you going over things you just shouldn't be going over," joked parks Deputy Director Ron Walker.
One of those revving his engines in anticipation is Bob DeVore of Swartz Creek, a longtime Hummer enthusiast and self-described "retired jarhead" whose pewter H2, complete with replica 50-caliber machine gun turrets mounted on the hood, is a familiar sight at the Mounds.
"I just love the challenge. It's man and machine versus Mother Nature," said DeVore, who helped supply the original course concepts used in the Rowe Inc. engineering design for the three-phase, 10-acre area. "This is not a fast-paced sport. It's very slow, tedious work with a spotter. You pick your line and work your way through very methodically. It could take a half-hour to get 100 feet, depending just how well the rocks are placed."
The Mounds is the only public ORV facility with a rock crawl in the Lower Peninsula, said Walker, and regularly draws off-roaders from as far away as Ohio and Indiana.
"A lot of people stopped going to the Mounds because it would turn into just a lot of mud, which is fun too, but this is opening up the horizons to even more people coming to play because it's a different avenue, a different approach to off-highway fun," said DeVore. "Since they opened the first phase, there's not a weekend there's not somebody out there on the rocks. It's been very well-received."
In fact, DeVore first caught the off-road bug at the annual Hummer Happening hosted at the Mounds by Al Serra Auto Plaza's Hummer division.
"That's what had me embrace this whole concept of off-highway usage," said DeVore.
Walker said they hope to get started on the project in the late spring but transporting the heavy boulders will have to wait until after the frost advisories are lifted from the roads.
"Depending on the weather, it could be finished by late summer, early fall," said Walker.
And after that? DeVore is already rubbing his hands together in anticipation for Phase 3.
"My truck can do levels one and two, no problem. But if they build it to a tee, when we get to the Level 3 Extreme, I couldn't do it without assistance. I'll need a winch to scramble up and over. I can't wait."
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby theBroken » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:34 am

SWEET! I hope they use that 100k wisely. I wish they would go through all the "tube" trails and trim the trees back. I think it would be cool if they put depth sticks in the holes too.
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby CBphoto » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:15 pm

Great find, MU...can't wait to crawl the wall!!!

Hey Broken, I usually use my truck for a depth stick...if I flood, you know not to go in.
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby big2dabank » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:26 am

Use a cheap short fishing rod with a heavy weight and a plastic bobber set it to the depth you feel safe at. Throw it in a few places and if the bobber sinks, I'd bypass it. Just a thought...
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby Mark » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:41 pm

:up: That's a pretty good idea :yup:
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby big2dabank » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:14 pm

Mark wrote::up: That's a pretty good idea :yup:


My dad showed me that one a long time ago when we used to wheel in his CJ-7 Renegade. Its way better than putting waders on and walking in it.
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby Mu-taint » Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:32 pm

That's an outstanding idea! Now I just have to find the "lil fishin buddy" from RONCO (it's short enough for the tool box).

Correction: Ronco Pocket Fisherman! I found one online, they still make'em!
https://www.ronco.com/PocketFisherman/Default.aspx
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby theBroken » Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:17 pm

Mu-taint wrote:That's an outstanding idea! Now I just have to find the "lil fishin buddy" from RONCO (it's short enough for the tool box).

Correction: Ronco Pocket Fisherman! I found one online, they still make'em!
https://www.ronco.com/PocketFisherman/Default.aspx


LOL, can you imagine. You start doing that at the mounds and the necks will go crazy. Before you know it they will all be out there thinking theres fish n dem dare ponds.
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Re: Mounds Phase 2 supposedly approved!

Postby Mu-taint » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:00 am

Yeah, some tree hugger might want to save the "mud fish" and we would lose our wheeling spot!
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