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Old 01-19-2007, 09:20 PM   #1
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Paragon OHV land problem

For those that wheel this great park.. you may want to read this link....

http://paragonap.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11673

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Man....PA friggin SUCKS!

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Old 01-28-2007, 04:06 PM   #3
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As most of you know I spend a lot of time at Paragon. It is a premium wheeling location of the north east. The owners are in the process of breaking a 25 yr lease so they can sell the land.

I'm asking for WF member's support. As a Jeep community, to which many of us enjoy using our Jeeps as they were built for, any land closure becomes a community issue. Please take a moment to sign this petition.
http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/savePAP

If you're interested in learning more: http://paragonap.com/forum/index.php?

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petition signed. paragon is a pillar of the east coast wheeling community. Its closing would be a very sad day in the already dimming life of wheeling
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The monthly ride at Paragon this weekend Feb 3rd & 4th is going to be a benefit to help Paragon with legal fees to fight this takeover. There will be a raffle on Saturday with lots of good items. The main focus, though, is to show support for Paragon and our sport. We're hoping for a huge turnout for this event and appreciate all of your support.
Please be sure to pre register by Tuesday 1/30/07

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Old 01-29-2007, 10:22 AM   #6
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Off-road devotees riding to rescue
Patrons of Paragon Adventure Park aiding owner in battle with landlord.
By STEVE MOCARSKY smocarsky@timesleader.com
HAZLE TWP – Off-road-vehicle enthusiasts are doing whatever they can to help keep the East Coast’s premiere off-road vehicle park open, including having a benefit ride next Sunday.

Paragon Adventure Park, which sprawls across a few thousand acres in Hazle Township in Luzerne County and East Union and Kline townships in Schuylkill County, is in danger of closing because of a lease dispute between park owner Kyle Knosp and land owner PCA Corp.

Court papers filed by PCA Corp. and Gladstone Partners L.P. state that Knosp breached his 25-year lease in several ways. Knosp says he’s being bullied into giving up the lease so PCA can sell about 2,500 acres of the land to Gladstone for big bucks – about $22.5 million.

The lease is the only thing that stands in the way of the land deal, and Knosp says he’s not giving up without a fight.

Knosp said he’s overwhelmed by the outpouring of support he’s received from park patrons, who organized a benefit ride with a raffle to attract participants.

Lee Raider, 48, of Berwick, got the ball rolling with a post to the park’s online forum suggesting a benefit to help pay legal expenses Knosp and his wife, Stephanie, incur in their court dispute.

“Paragon has sponsored many fundraisers and benefit rides in the past, always donating some or all of the gate fees to that benefit. So I figured ‘what goes around, comes around’ is a good idea. Kyle and Stephanie have always been quick to help others, now here is our chance to help them,” Raider said.

Raider, a seven-year patron of the park, said he made the initial post to the forum with the benefit idea, and “everyone else jumped in and took it upon themselves to be a part of it.”

He said he received $1,000 in merchandise donations from off-road vehicle and ATV companies within 24 hours. He estimates he has received offers of about $5,000 in merchandise to raffle in the last week, and he expects more merchandise to be donated for the raffle this week.

Raider said anyone who participates in the ride will receive a raffle ticket, and they can receive more tickets if they make additional donations to a legal fund. Donations so far range from winches and gift certificates to custom-made bumpers, wheels, tires, full axels and suspension products.

“There’s a little bit of everything. I e-mailed and called several 4x4 and SUV-related vendors. I haven’t had any of them decline. Some called me asking why I didn’t call them. All the Jeep and SUV clubs on the East Coast are getting involved. People and companies I never heard of are donating prizes,” Raider said.

The Times Leader received a few dozen e-mails or phone calls from off-road enthusiasts who travel to the park several times a year from as far away as New Hampshire, Canada and Ohio, and fear they will have no quality East Coast site to ride their off-highway vehicles legally.

“The possible closing would put a huge dent in available places to recreate in this manner in the Northeast. … There are simply no parks that allow that type of large-scale recreation four-wheel-drive vehicles or dirt motorcycles,” said Dan Spalinger, 32, of Hudson, N.H.

Spalinger acknowledged that some small trails exist in some states. “But the amount of miles and acres of terrain open in Paragon is probably greater than almost all the open land combined in all those states. It’s just a huge loss for that industry in the Northeast,” he said.

Spalinger said closing Paragon could push enthusiasts to ride their vehicles illegally on public or private land where riding is not allowed.

He and other riders point out the devastating effect a park closure would have on the local economy.

Knosp estimates that park patrons spend an average of $100 locally on each visit. With approximately 18,000 visitors in 2005, he believes park patrons infused about $1.8 million into the local economy, and that’s not including the park’s profits. He estimates the park pulled in close to a half-million dollars that year.

Knosp said the lease problem has promoters, who normally schedule 20 to 25 special events there each year, fretting about the park closing and having to find a new venue.

IF YOU GO

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What: Ride to benefit Kyle and Stephanie Knosp

Where: Paragon Adventure Park, Hazle Township

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. Saturday

What else: A raffle will be held after all vehicles are lined up and before the riding begins. Go to www.paragonap.com for more information.


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Steve Mocarsky, a Times Leader staff writer, may be reached at 459-2005.


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I signed the petition. It would be a sad day for all of us if Paragon closed.
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thanks Amy
you know you're with me in spirit every time I go there
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Signed, and I hope they can fight this and win.
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Signed. Wish the Jeep was driveable, would be there this weekend!
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Thanks, Kat! I gotta get some real wheelin in somehow.
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Signed it last week sometime after I had seen it on a different forum.

I also think this is going to be a tough fight they have coming. The land owner is in the business of making money and not providing a service to the community like the current leasees are. Usually there are sale clauses in any lease be it private or commercial that allow them to sell said property. I hope that maybe the city or the state can step in and help out as there sure is a lot of support for this place. I'm all for it and all for whatever I can do to help. I've never been there and probably will never get there to wheel, but Kat's pics among others have shown it to be a great location to enjoy our sport.
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Paragon lost their appeal in court today. I encourage all to visit their forum and learn more. This battle was won by corporate America, but the war is not over.

Paragon is having a benefit ride this weekend....it is in part to show how the off road community rallies together. We are anticipating a huge turn out with media coverage. Please attend to show your support. http://paragonap.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11688

I'll be there......look for the khaki TJ, North Jersey Jeep Club sticker on the windshield
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Paragon lost their appeal in court today. I encourage all to visit their forum and learn more. This battle was won by corporate America, but the war is not over.

Paragon is having a benefit ride this weekend....it is in part to show how the off road community rallies together. We are anticipating a huge turn out with media coverage. Please attend to show your support. http://paragonap.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11688

I'll be there......look for the khaki TJ, North Jersey Jeep Club sticker on the windshield
i hope i see Kat on tv ...hopefully i'll get the channel its broadcasting on down here. hope all goes well.
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I'm heading up to Paragon tomorrow. Anyone else going? We are going up early, to be back in time for the Super Bowl. Probably wheel from 8am - 2pm. I'm just pissed because my Jeep will miss the trip. But I'll be riding in my buddies stock 06 Rubi, so it should be fun. We should have some pics at least. I'm taking my cameras. Since I get to be a passenger and all, I might as well make myself useful.

We heard they are closing as of Monday. So we have to go.

Anyone else heard that?
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I worked a 16 hour shift Fri - got in bed at 1am - up at 5:30 Sat morning for the 2 1/2 hr drive to Paragon.........supported the cause (in frigid temps) until noon - then back home with just enough time to change clothes and work 3-11


What a great day

Sure it was bittersweet, but to see all those Jeeps (unofficail count: > 400 gathered together.......WOW! Paragon may not be located at Hazelton, PA.....but it will live on (rumored: to possibly a new location!)

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I worked a 16 hour shift Fri - got in bed at 1am - up at 5:30 Sat morning for the 2 1/2 hr drive to Paragon.........supported the cause (in frigid temps) until noon - then back home with just enough time to change clothes and work 3-11


What a great day

Sure it was bittersweet, but to see all those Jeeps (unofficail count: > 400 gathered together.......WOW! Paragon may not be located at Hazelton, PA.....but it will live on (rumored: to possibly a new location!)

binaryking, sorry I missed you

Sorry I missed you too. We just got back. Man, what a day. I got to sleep around 3am finally just to wake up at 5am. Met the group and headed out. We got there by 8, waited for about 30 minutes to get in and pay and then we were off!

I was in my buddy's stock Rubicon, my Jeep couldn't make the trip because someone was a lazy A$$ and didn't get his jeep inspected, so... We're coming down Turtle, it was basically all ice. Half way down we get turned around and can't get forward again because of the darn ice. So my buddy takes the rest of Turtle in reverse using 1st gear to stop. Craziness. They closed Turtle after we got down it. This was after a 30 minute wait to even go down turtle, because someone else had nearly gone over the edge. Good times. We'll miss you Paragon! and DAMN was it cold out there today!

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