Prompted by safety concerns and an increase in popularity, the Parks Committee of Community Board 12 is examining green spaces that might be good locations for dirt bike paths, but so far they have come up empty.
“There is no site in Southeast Queens that we feel is appropriate at this time,” said Greg Mays, chairman of the Parks Committee. “The problem is you need a large area, and there just isn’t enough land.”
They aren’t giving up just yet, however.
Even though Mays said no one has taken the lead on the issue and it is not a top priority for the board, he believes it is something that “warrants further exploration.”
“There are young people riding dirt bikes and doing wheelies without helmets,” Mays said. “It’s a safety issue. So, that’s the reason behind trying to get dirt bike paths.”
At first the committee floated the idea of using Railroad Park, which is located behind the Locust Manor Long Island Rail Road station near Rochdale Village. It is the third-largest park in Community District 12, Mays said. But that idea was quickly scrapped because the board believes it still isn’t big enough, and the area is overrun by weeds and brush, plus it is owned by three different entities, which complicates matters.
Mays said the Parks Department is eyeing locations which could be equipped to accommodate not only dirt bikes, but also BMX bicycles and skateboards. The agency did not respond to an email requesting further details by press time.