City, county officials working to make Bricks Off Road Park safer

Brick's Off Road park to make some changes for safety reasons

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The owner of Bricks Off Road Park says he met with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, the Butler County sheriff, county commissioners, and other leaders to discuss ways to make the park safer.

A 20-year-old Gordonville woman was killed in an ATV crash on June 5.

A Poplar Bluff teacher was seriously injured after a crash near Bricks in June as well.

Butler County Sheriff Mark Dobbs says it has gotten to a point to where something needs to be done.

"I think the owners want to step up the safety and security in and around the park, inside of it, outside of it, I don't think they want to see people hurt either," Dobbs said.

Bricks Owner Jay Brickell says they plan to have some of the roads be one way during big events. He also says there will be a presence of officers on the road and at entrances and exits during events. Also, they are going to improve the traffic flow inside the park for emergency crews to get in and out easily.

Chamber of Commerce President Steve Halter says while events like Trucks Gone Wild bring lots of visitors to the area, the focus should remain on safety of guests and residents.

"We love the attention, we love to bring people into our area. We just want people to come and stay and be able to leave in a safe manner," Halter said.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources found the operators violated state law by polluting both Beaver Dam Creek and the Little Black River. The DNR gave Brickell 30 days to respond with the changes he will make before its next event in September.

Brickell also says some of the things that locals have said about the park are not true, and welcomes everyone to come to the park and see what they are really about.

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