BLM announces annual land closures for Parker 425

The little piece of red tape that needs cleared with the U.S. Government each year has been taken care of, with the Federal Bureau of Land Management announcing the land closures requested by Best in the Desert racing association for the big off-road race in Parker Saturday, February 4th.

The BLM press release states:

A temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land closure is scheduled for February 3-4, 2012, for the 41st annual running of the Parker 425 Desert Race.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lake Havasu Field Office has announced the temporary closure of selected public lands under its administration in La Paz County, Arizona.

The Parker 425 Desert Race closure is in effect from 2:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, February 3, 2012, through 11:59 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

The closure is being done to help ensure public safety and prevent unnecessary environmental degradation during the permitted running of the Parker 425 Desert Race.

Areas subject to this closure include all public land; including county maintained roads and highways located within two miles of the designated course.

“As in past years, we will have designated spectator areas so people can enjoy the race,” said BLM Lake Havasu Field Manager Kim Liebhauser. “Post and cable fencing and concrete barriers will be used to designate two spectator areas in Bouse, Arizona.  The five-mile long spectator area along Shea Road outside of Parker is above the race course, protected with post and cable fencing along the bluff, and will not require a speed zone.”

Liebhauser added, “The Parker Race is an important tradition to the community and public. We’ve had a perfect spectator safety record for 40 years and we want to keep it that way.”

Events next week include Wednesday’s PAACE Parker Youth Off-Road Experience at Player’s 9th Street Youth Center, the Down & Dirty Off-Road Show broadcasting at BlueWater Resort & Casino, the Downtown Experience Thursday afternoon on Joshua Avenue, Contingency Row and Tech at BlueWater’s north parking lot Friday followed by drivers’ and pilots’ meetings, and the race itself on Saturday, broadcast live by KLPZ 1380am.

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