LAKE COUNTY — Youth may soon have an opportunity to learn how to safely operate off-road vehicles (ORVs).

In ongoing discussions, the county is looking at possibly developing ORV recreational opportunities for through the Parks and Recreation Commission on the county-owned 27 acres north of Webber Township Park.

“We are discussing having an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) training for kids to safely learn how to navigate trails,” said Ernie Wogatzke, of Lake County Parks and Recreation Commission.

The county was originally looking at placing a recreation center with a swimming pool on the property, but they are looking at other options for the location of the center.

They also discussed an ORV scramble area for the property, but learned 27 acres would be too small.

“The county is actively looking at doing this project for a training center through parks and rec. The property is centrally located. We are looking for county-wide input. We want to make sure we are doing something for our local people and for the tourists.

“Local people help finance these projects, and tourists also do; indirectly through commerce. The focus for the property would be a training ground for younger ATV riders, from elementary to middle school ages. We would possibly set up an obstical course, restrooms and parking,” Wogatzke said.

There will be public input sessions scheduled throughout the county through September for the public to weigh-in on the possibility of a training area.

The times and locations are as follows:

• 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Chase Township Hall, 8264 E. US 10, Chase;

• 7 p.m. on Wednesday Sept. 12, at the Elk Township Hall, 8966 Bass Lake Road, Irons; and

• 7 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 20, at the Newkirk Township Hall, 301 State Street, Luther.