Columbiana Co. park officials cracking down on ATV use

COLUMBIANA COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) — Donald Floding and his wife Pat absolutely love their home in rural Columbiana County.

“It’s beautiful in the winter. It’s beautiful in the spring. It’s beautiful in the fall. We don’t know when it’s better,” Donald Floding said.

But it is not just their house that makes their home, it is the more than 700 acres of County Park that surround them.

“It makes it so enjoyable to live here,” Pat Floding said.

The only problem? When people don’t follow the rules and do things that damage the land, like taking ATV’s and four-wheelers on the hiking trails.

“It’s a place for everybody and you can’t just go in there and do what you want to do and tear it up,” Pat Floding said. “Because then you destroy it for everybody else.”

Case in point: A man who went four-wheeling on the property back in the spring.

The ground was soft, and he got hung up. He called his buddy to help, and he got stuck, too.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources officer caught them, but not before they did some serious damage to the trails. Now, they’re paying the price to fix it.

“The two together. There were two different sites that were damaged. Around sixteen hundred dollars,” said Park Commissioner Michael West. “Yes, it does send a message. Loud and clear.”

Park officials said they want to make it clear that they are very serious about signs like this. And that’s something Donald and Pat said they are happy to hear.

“They need to get caught and pay the price,” Pat Floding said. “If everybody did that, then pretty soon we wouldn’t have anything.”

She said the message is simple: “If you can’t respect it, then stay out of it.”

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