Mammoth Motocross Track - Online Petition

Help us re-open our track!
please visit mammothmotocross.org for more information.
Signing the petition below will also add you to our e-mail list, and your e-mail information will NOT be sold.  
 thanks!
Comments may be re-posted below.
 
6-28-2011 update: we spoke with the new forest supervisor, Ed Armenta, and through his observations at motocross 2011 he thought that there really isn't a big interest in opening our track for public use.  It's seems the majority are content with the way things are...  comments below disagree.




Comments We've recieved:

"I am writing to express my concern about re-opening the motocross track in Mammoth.  It is a true travesty that the track was closed to open riding.  With all the recreation activities available in Mammoth, having the track open would help keep the town of Mammoth Lakes at the pinnacle of vacation spots.
Thanks for the consideration."
John
Acton, CA
7/11/2010

"Having motocross tracks open to the public gives young riders a place to go so they do not ride illegally. Riders in this area have to travel long distances to find an open tack for practice and to hone their riding skills. Charging a nominal fee would make this track self supporting and a bonus for the community."
Kandy
Viewfinders MC
7/20/2010

"I vacation with my family in the Mammoth area regularly. Mammoth competes with many other places for my travel dollars and having the MX track open would encourage us to choose Mammoth over other locations."
John
7/20/2010

"Please reopen Mammouth MX track for public use full time. We need places like this quality track with careful owners for riding and practice."
Bill
7/20/2010

"I would love to be able to go to mammoth any time of the riding season and be able to ride the moto track. It would make mammoth my #1 get-away destination."
Chris
7/20/2010

"Thanks for all you do.. Good luck"
Darrell
7/21/2010

"Please keep this track open to the public.  Our family has visited the track on a regular basis since early 2000.  It has become our vacation destination.
Scott
7/21/2010

"Let the club open the track would like to viset the area"
Big Red
7/21/2010

"Keep the rack open to the public, who is it hurting? Maybe its the new owners of Mammoth Mountain ski area"
Dale
7/24/2010

"Open the Track!!!!  Maybe then my 8 year old will stop nagging at me!" 
Alan 
Mammoth M/C
Mission Viejo, CA

"Wanna ride... gotta ride....lets ride "just wanna ride"
Jim
7/28/2010

"Don't let an amazing place go to waste!"
Trevor
7/28/2010
 
"motocross rocks and so does mammoth"
Austin
8/5/2010
 
"Great idea to bring the track back."
Sam
8/10/2010
 
"Please, Please, Please!"
Don
8/25/2010
 
"I am a Mammoth home owner and enjoy all of the fantastic outdoor opportunities that are available. The motocross track being open for public use would be the crown jewel. I would fully support a pay to ride opportunity and back any effort for State OHV funding."
Joel
12/19/2010
 
"The track would be a very good place to test for the upcoming National Motocross Championship for 2011. I think the factories would show up."
Jake
1/14/2010
 
"The motocross track has been with Mammoth for forty-odd years. A connection between motorcycles and Mammoth date back at least to the presence of Dave McCoy in the Mammoth Lakes area, and probably precedes that period.
The motocross track should not continue as a museum property, to be locked away until its annual visitation; the track should be a public facility.
It must be remembered that public lands are not the property of their administrators, to be doled out as though from a meager private purse. Let's not forget the history of the track: free and open, with the approval and support of all the powers in the region. Let's not ignore the intention behind its' construction. Whose interests are being served by the current status? ...open it!"
Jon
5/17/2011
 
"I support the opening of the motocross track. Not only does it provide a great place to have a great time, it brings families and friends together to support Mammoth and it's local businesses. For the motocross commumity, closing the track is akin to having the Mountain closed to skiing."
Norman
6/2/2011
 
"Please re-open the Mammouth Motocross track for full-time public use. I, along with my family, would really enjoy a quality track, that would draw me to spend my hard-earned dollars in your neck of the woods, rather than spending them elsewhere."
Richard
6/8/2011
 
"As a 2nd homeowner in Mammoth, having the Motocross track open during the summer months would increase the length and number of my visits to Mammoth during the summer. It gets hot in Southern California for track riders and having a beautiful, cool, world class summer track to ride would increase tourism. Many visitors who come to Mammoth during the winter don’t think about Mammoth for the summer and having an additional recreational activity would help the local economy. Furthermore, having a dedicated place to ride would help to reduce the impact on other riding areas and be the environmentally smart thing to do. Having a single place most rider’s would congregate would allow for educational opportunities to teach new visitors how to responsible use all the great trails and dirt roads currently open to off road vehicles."
Ron
6/20/2011
 
"Mammoth Motocross track is a world renowned motocross track that many TAXPAYERS would love to have the opportunity to ride. Unfortunately, it is kept closed for unknown, illogical reasons. I for one being a Mammoth Lakes, CA home-owner would jump at the opportunity to ride the track and enjoy it's greatness.
The family opportunities of fathers, mothers, sons, & daughters spending a spectacular day of dirt bike riding at the Mammoth Motocross track is something that should be possible. These same families pay taxes that support the Forest Service...the same Forest Service that chooses to not serve ALL of the public and grant access to PUBLIC lands. Who's land is it anyway......if it is public?

"Open Mammoth Motocross track now for all OHV families that would love the opportunity to recreate legally and safely in Mammoth."
Matt
Mammoth Lakes, CA
7/18/2011
 
"I moved to Mammoth when I was 6 months old & for as long as I can remember I have ridden that track daily after school. I moved away from Mammoth when I was 14 but always returned to Mammoth to ride. I now have three boys who ride & want to share my memories with them & teach them the respect I was taught. The industry has many responsible riders & would love to support the opening of the track to the public again. Thank you for all your hard work."
Johnny
8/8/2011 
 
"I'm an off-road rider and a writer for the New York Times.
The Mammoth track should be open for public use."
Dexter
8/24/2011
 
"The Mammoth track is part of California Motocross history and needs to be open for all to enjoy..
The Forest Service needs to work on opening public lands to the public and stop closing PUBLIC lands to the public!!"
Darryl
9/24/2011

"To who it may concern,
I would love to see the track open in Mammoth for recreational use . I am a 40 year old beginner to the joys of Motor cross riding and would be thrilled to have a place for my family to ride in Mammoth. Thanks for taking the time to work with the public on this topic."
Todd
11/7/2011

"The Mammoth Motocross should be open for unrestricted public use. An open track would provide an additional reason to vacation in the area, bring along some friends and support the local economy."
Lain
12/19/2011

Why do these uncivil "civil servants" not understand their existence - to help the public, not hinder them? Do they not understand the word "public" as opposed to "private"? This is not their land - it belongs to "all" of "we the people". Until "we the people" begin to collectively stand up for our God-given rights to freedom, these PC beaur-o-rats will continue to eat away at our freedoms until we are little more than slaves to their bloated salaries/pensions/interests/graft/kickbacks. People, be prepared to give up some of your "free time" to fight for your freedoms.
Todd
1/2/2012


(below is a lengthy note we received from a staunch track supporter via the petition)

"Joe, President and founder of the mammothmotocross.org Thanking all of you for taking the time to write and express your opinions on opening our track for more public use. KEEP WRITING!!

Here's the latest updates on our progess regarding public using the track during summer and fall season.

History of the track and the pioneers who built it. Back in the 1900's during the mining boom the Eastern Sierra's was a hot spot . Old mines are still around in Mammoth and in the Eastern Sierras. The Track is built in an area were disturbed dirt was dropped from making mine shafts. When an areas been affected by disturbed disposal like, Dumps, hazardous waste sites, and military bomb testing areas. The dirt in these areas aren't suitable for development. ( No houses or businesses projects can be built).

Dave McCoy,Don Rake, and a few other good ol boys started a Motorcycle club in Mammoth. They approached the U.S.F.S wanting to build a motocross track for the club and visitors. Murphy(Pam Murphy father) gave the club three locations to build the track. 1. Behind main lodge, 2. off 395 at the Mammoth off ramp and 203 exit, 3. were the track is now. Were the track sits today is an area that will never restore itself to it's original state.

Update on my uphill battle: I've been persistent at our local town council meetings speaking at public comment to educate our local Government how much the MX industry has grown since they closed the track to the public in 2003. Good changes are starting to happen with local Government. We have a new U.S.F.S supervisor Ed Armenta who is a motorized user.(Jeeps/Quads) transferred from Arizona.

The town of Mammoth has new Government and a new Town manager. Dave Wilbrecht was our town Recreation Director when the track got shut down by evil U.S.F.S staff sent to our area to do the dirty work. (2 of them gone, 1 to go). Dave W. was able to retain the permit for the track to save the race. He was working on operating the track through the towns Recreation department. Dave left and hired as the Mono county administrator. Bad blood for O.H.V users in Mammoth, The new Recreation Director was a total opposite of Dave Wilbrecht. Dana Stroud was a big disaster when it came to catering to all of the recreation user groups in Mammoth. (Did nothing to help O.H.V in our area). The town held the permit for the track. M.M.S.A had to pull a permit with the town to host the Mammoth motocross race in June. For once the town had the ski area by the balls. The town was charging the mountain to use the track.(WINNING!) Then it happened. Dana Stroud gave the permit back to the mountain.(Yes, SHE'S A ****censored again Joe****)

Now the Ski area has locked up the track on public land for it's own profit. Is O.H.V being Discriminated in Mammoth? YES! 1. Example of why I feel this way; Mammoth Ski Area has a permit for profit in our Lake Basin for cross country skiing. It's called Tamarack. The lake basin is Public Land. The permit expires on April 17 of every year. The lake basin then is open for public use. (This Includes Motorized Snowmobiles).

Yes, Snowmobiles are allowed to ride on the groomed track areas that cross country skiers use. They ride on frozen lakes with motorized vehicles too. The MX track permit begins in June and ends in September. Mammoth Ski Area hosts the race. 2012 race is June 21 - July 1. Then Mammoth mountain locks up the track for the remaining months of summer. Yes, locking up public land. Were is the trade off? public land permitted to a private sector(not Government) for profit with no give back to the public and the user groups who want to ride it. We are forced to race with 40 other bikes on the track. It's the only way you can ride the track. A track built on public land.

3/23/12 Update: A meeting was held at the Bishop Ca. fairgrounds Nov. 2011. 1 councilmember from Mammoth(SKIP HARVEY) attended. The U.S.F.S Supervisor Ed Armenta was also present. More use of the Mammoth track was in the discussion. Armenta is offering the town a permit to keep the track open after the race. This is the deal: The town operates the track through the recreation department. Funding for employees, operation costs,insurance, and heavy equipment fuel costs will be funded by the Red/Green sticker state O.H.V grant fund.(2012, 21 million in fund). The town then operates the track for the rest of the permitted time. The track is open for High Altitude training,product testing, educational camps, and practice freeriding.

SKIPPY DROPS BALL: Yes Skip Harvey who attended the meeting in 2011 has never brought it up at council reports, never informed motorized user group of the meeting, and never consulted our town Manager about an offer for a permit to operate the track . WHY? He's running for election for another seat on our council. He knows the enviro's in the area are the voters to put him back in our government. This will be Skips 3rd term if he wins.(High Hopes, HE DOESN'T WIN). Skip has been in office during the towns 42 million dollar lawsuit that our past town council John Eastman put us in. They owe a developer for breech of contract. I spoke with Dave Wilbrecht regarding the towns offer for a permit for the track. Dave's new duties are to work with U.S.F.S for permits. (THIS MEANS PERMIT FOR MX TRACK). I'm now working on a meeting to get everyone at the table to find out what it will take for the town to submit a proposal for a permit to operate the track. PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO SIGN THE PETITION AND WRITE A COMMENT ON THIS SITE!! Check back for more updates."


Thank You
Joe Parrino
mammothmotocross.org
2/26/2012

"Please re-open the motocross track for public use!!!!"
Catherine

3/5/2012

"Seems like a shame to have this great community facility sit closed except once a year. I lived in Mammoth 1979 - 1980 and visit often and always liked taking a lap or two when I was there."
Bruce
3/15/2012

"I've lived here for 32 years. Why it is closed is beyond me.  I used to ride & race the track all the time.  I'm glad my son & daughter are grown we used to go to the track all the time. People complain about 'we need more activities for our kids' NO JOKE !!!!!
OPEN THE TRACK !!!!!!!!!!!"
Gerry
3/21/2012

"This is a family recreation Mothers Fathers Brothers Sisters Aunts Uncles Cousins Grandma's Grandpa's we all get involved it builds character and keeps the kids off the streets and keeps them in a designated area also alcohol consumption is not allowed in a monitored environment."
Yetta
5/12/2012


"I think it would be a great idea to open the mammoth motocross track for public use!"
Taylor
6/14/2012

"I recently moved here from Carlsbad and of course brought my dirt bike as I thought there was a public track plus many awesome trails. What a huge disappointment to find out the track is only opened 2 weeks out of 52 weeks a year! What a waste. There isn't much to do here when you are almost 19, and having the track open would provide me a way to enjoy myself and meet people with the same interests. This needs to be reconsidered, please."
Carson
7/3/2012


"This is one of the most famous tracks in the US due to the long running Mammoth Motocross. It would seem to be a good idea to take advantage of this notoriety and use this facility the entire summer rather than just one week a year. We've seen Mammoth Mt use the ski area for mountain biking and this is a similar idea to take a great resource and make better use of it for the recreational public. Some jobs would come with this effort too, something this area could use."
Gordon
10/2/2012

"I have had the pleasure to race at the Mammoth MX track in the past. I hope the forest service will allow the residents of Mammoth and the surrounding areas to utilize the MX track for their enjoyment. I understand the liability issues, but if the riders and forest service can come to a mutual agreement that would benefit both parties. The agreement can protect the forest service and at the same time make the riders responsible for themselves while using the track. That’s my two cents worth."
Gary
11/29/2012


"I would make a minimum of one trip a year and sometimes as many as 3 a year just to come up and practice on the best motocross track in the USA. I haven't been to Mammoth in the off season (Summer for me) since the track closed. I lived in Mammoth in the 80's and we practiced a minimum of 3 days a week and we were never alone out there and the sport has majorly grown since then. Not to mention if the track was prepped lots of people would travel to ride it. It could be a money maker with proper management and vacation packages."
Mike
1/25/2013

"I grew up riding on this track with my dad. Some of my best memory's are there. It is a shame to deprive others of the same opportunity."
Nicholas
1/27/2013


"Please open the track back up, I'm moving to Wellington NV in a couple of weeks, I'll be working in California and would love to ride and have a track like Mammoth Motocross close by."
Vinnie
2/6/2013

"Please open the track, Vinnie want's to ride Mammoth Motocross track really bad."
Mary
2/6/2013

"I think that it would be great to have the track open for the public to use and also have more events there."
Gary
2/24/2013


"Please !!! Open would be better for everybody."
Britt
4/2/2013

"Please, get rid of the friends of the inyo"
Cliff
4/7/2013

"Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, I always had the Mammoth Track as a favorite place to ride and camp.......weekends were always great fun having the track available to us for recreational riding! Please help keep the track open for us all to enjoy. It's a part of Motorcycle history and needs to be shared:)

Thanks and regards,

Eric Cohen
Woodland Hills, CA

Home Owner - Mammoth Lakes, CA"
5/27/2013


"Mammoth Lakes is one of the countries premier recreation centers.  As such, the motocross track should be open on a regular basis for all to enjoy."
Michael
6/5/2013

"Thanks for all your hard work........."
Wes
11/11/2013
 
"With Proper Spark Muffler Silencer There should be no reason why not to open the track to the public."
Mark
3/19/14
 
"Open our track!!!! My buddies and I are mammoth locals. We travel down to bishop to ride a super beet up track. I am a Mammoth mountain snow maker and cat operator. Mammoth needs this motocross facility."
Brandon
4/11/14
 
"Please open the track. I live up here in mammoth and the closest motocross track is 4 hours away. Please. I know a hand full of young and old time motocross riders that would love to ride this historical track.
Please open our track."
Brandon (again)
5/16/14

"As an old dog... I occasionally would like to tootle around the MC track. it's a way to improve my skills as a rider.  Keep it up"
Dan
6/23/2014

"Would love to see this open to the public again. I would have no problem paying $20-$30 for day use. This is one of the best tracks I've ever ridden."
David
7/16/2014

"Just started riding and want to try out this track! Open it back up!!"
Amanda
11/17/2014

"I live in Hawthorne Nevada and I go to the motocross races every year and would definantly make the trip up to mammoth to go ride even if it was a pay and ride kind of place."
Dillon
1/25/2015