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Cleveland dirt bike track project officially scrapped, park to be revitalized instead

Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 5:47 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - People on the west side of Cleveland were stunned last month when dozens of dirt bikes and ATV barreled through neighborhoods.

You'll remember, a possible solution was a dirt bike park, but that solution has officially been scrapped.

"They need a place to ride their bikes other than the streets," said longtime Cleveland resident, Michael Burge Sr.

But it wont be off of East 73rd Street and Carson Avenue where construction is underway. It's the revitalization of Marion Motley Playfield, a place that Burge knows all too well.

"We had most of our games over here. It was the peewee league, 11, 12 and 13," said Burge.

It's all apart of the mayors plan to remediate and construct three to five parks in the Cleveland.

"This is a come up if I can put it that way. They're blessed with a place where they can enjoy family life," added Burge.

Though some residents living here in the area may be unhappy with all the noise that's going on out here with the construction of the park. They say at least they're happy with the fact that they won't be hearing anything any louder.

"I have a 1-year-old and we don't need to hear that kind of noise down here," said Cleveland Native, Da'Chelle Carter.

Carter lives in the apartment complex right across the street where the proposed track would have gone.

"They were talking about building a dirt bike track, which is something we don't need in the area. A lot of dangerous things can happen, especially with kids around," said Carter.

Carter says the track could have been a potential problem down the line but is glad the mayor is working to revitalize the park in her community.

"That's excellent! It's a plus for kids really - the whole community," concluded Carter.

City Officials have confirmed the Mayor is still working on placing a dirt bike track somewhere in the city.

There's just no idea on where that location will be.

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