At the August 2 Board of Aldermen Meeting at City Hall, the Board approved the construction of an ATV park to be located at I-20 and Highway 43. The first ATV recreational facility in Rankin County is planned for the low-lying property behind the Chevron and Texaco gas stations.
Sam Yarbrough, representing Mud Only ATV Park, presented plans to the Board. He said the park would be a safe place where people can ride their four-wheelers through constructed trails and occasional mud bogs.
"There would also be some camper slots on the property," said Yarbrough. "The camper slots would be for overnight or weekend camping. It would not be an open 24 hours, seven days a week situation. Maybe something like Thursday through Sunday."
Planning also includes a helipad on site as well as having qualified safety and emergency personnel. It will be well lit and be gated when not open.
Mayor Karl VanHorn has talked with the partners seeking to develop the property. These type parks bring on average 1,500 people a weekend, so the benefit to the Town of Pelahatchie is tax dollars. There are parks like this in Scott County and Jackson.