Parks and Rec Projects

ORV Riding Park - 35 Mile Proposal

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Project Contact: Michele Elfers
Phone: (907) 586-5226
People riding off-road vehicles down a dirt road.
Project Stage = Project Development

Project Overview

The CBJ Parks and Recreation Department (P&R) has been working with community Off Road Vehicle (ORV) groups to understand interest in ORV riding opportunities. Over the past twenty years, riding areas have been redeveloped or regulations have changed to prohibit motorized use and there are few areas left to legally recreate in Juneau. CBJ has evaluated many sites for motorized use since the early 2000s and for various reasons, riding sites have not been established. Through the recent work with user groups, the 35 mile site was recognized as a potential location for an ORV riding park.

Juneau Off-Road Association (JORA), a non-profit organization in Alaska, is interested in partnering with P&R on an ORV riding park at the CBJ 35 mile property. CBJ and JORA are evaluating the site for a riding park using data previously collected on site, working with resource agencies, and collecting current field data. The process for establishing a riding park at this site includes a general public meeting, consideration by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), the Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee, the Assembly, the Planning Commission and other resource agencies that would permit the project such as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Army Corps of Engineers.

CBJ and JORA hosted a public meeting on February 9, 2022 to provide information and answer questions on the proposed project.  The meeting presentation is below under “Associated Documents”.

Parks and Recreation staff and JORA presented the project proposal to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and the Lands, Housing and Economic Development Committee (LHED) on April 5 and April 11 respectively.  Both committees unanimously passed motions of support for CBJ to work with JORA on developing the project and applying for permits.  At a later date after permit applications and project development, the Assembly will consider the proposal.

Staff is now working with JORA and agencies on field investigation, study and preparation of permits.

Click here for information on the PRAC meeting.

Click here for information on the LHED meeting.

Questions or comments can be emailed to

Project Meetings

07:00 PM
Zoom Webinar
Assembly Meeting
05:00 PM
Assembly Chambers/Zoom Webinar
Lands, Housing, and Economic Development Committee
05:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Parks & Rec Advisory Committee
05:30 PM
Zoom webinar -
Public Meeting