On Saturday, June 6, National Guardsmen from the 1776th Military Police Company in Taylor will take advantage of the park’s vast and varied landscape by bringing in an LMTV Wrecker and a handful of ASVs and Humvees for the day.
“You don’t usually see armored vehicles going over the rocks here,” says Garry Pringle, Operations Manager of Genesee County Parks, with a laugh.
The off-road terrain will remain open to general public during the day, and visitors are welcome to take photos of an ASV that will be on display from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The military visit follows a busy few weeks for the park, which reopened to all ORVs on May 15. Each spring, the park closes the property — with the exception of an eight-acre scramble area for motorcycles and ATVs — for two months, when the land is especially wet. For the other 10 months, ORVs all of shapes and sizes come through to take on the crawling courses, scramble areas, trails and mud pits.
On the off-chance a vehicle gets stuck, it’s not uncommon for another visitor – armed with towing straps and related accessories – to help out.
“They take care of each other,” Pringle says. “It’s like a brotherhood and sisterhood. There’s such a diverse range of people who come out here: young, old, male and female.”
Nevertheless, the park’s busiest day continues to be Thanksgiving Day, with past counts going as a high as 500 vehicles. “It’s like the Lions game,” Pringle says. “It’s a tradition for some people.”
For more information about The Mounds ORV Park, at 6145 E. Mt. Morris Road, call 810-736-7100 or visit www.themounds.org.
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