GOLDEN GATE, Fla.- A teen injured in an ATV crash last night in Collier County has been upgraded to serious condition. The 17-year-old was on 19th Street NW, near Golden Gate Boulevard. He swerved to miss a dog, lost control and was thrown from the SUV. This latest accident got us asking county officials about the progress of a new ATV park.
FHP says the teen was not wearing a helmet, and he did break one law: driving the vehicle on a public street. The vice chairman of an ATV advisory committee says they've been working for months on getting a park built to let kids ride safely and legally.
For the past year, an ATV advisory committee has been actively searching for a place to build an all-terrain vehicle park, on a limited budget. The group currently has $3 million set aside by the county commissioners. Barry Williams, the director of Collier County's parks and recreation, says they're working to find more money. Both the advisory committee and Williams are optimistic they'll be able to break ground sooner rather than later. The advisory committee will present its findings to the board February 26th. The committee is also hoping to join other entities besides the county, that could help bring in more funding.