|End of an Era
Paragon Adventure Park
The closure of a world-class
The weekend of February 3rd and 4th 2007
may very well be the last time 4x4's, custom rigs, Quads and other
ORVs legally ride this land.
Paragon Adventure Park, located near Hazleton Pennsylvania, is being
forced off the land they lease, to make way for a proposed project
to build a cargo airport on 4,800 acres of land in Luzerne,
Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Paragon occupies part of that land
under a 25-year lease and has been handed an eviction
notice after a local court battle Wednesday January 31, 2007.
In order to justify the eviction, Paragon had been accused by the
land owner of damaging the land and failing to make lease payments
other financial related things. All of which Kyle & Stephanie Knosp,
the owners of Paragon deny vigorously. Kyle
says it's not over though. It may be a David and Goliath
battle but it isn't over. There are appeals and higher courts
outside of the allegedly biased Hazleton courts to take this to and
Kyle plans to exhaust every option. When we asked if ultimately
Paragon is evicted permanently, will there be another Paragon built
elsewhere, he said there will be and he is currently in meetings
to secure future locations. So we hope that this is the end of
a chapter and not the book on a world-class ORV park called Paragon.
We attended what might be the last Monthly Ride held here on this
property and it was an amazing weekend to say the least. There was believed to be
over 300 vehicles in attendance on Saturday and about 150 to 200 on
Sunday. It was definitely the largest crowd we have ever seen
at an event here and considering the weather, that is impressive.
A few of us from Offroaders.com in conjunction with our friends at
Jeepfan.com, braved the single digit temperatures and sub zero
wind-chill to capture the possible final two days of the park at
this location. The following pages document some of the action
of the hundreds who came in support of Paragon and its owners
including a lot of camaraderie among 4 wheeling friends.
Saturday activities included a heart felt
speech by Kyle
Knosp that had everyone choked up and in full support of his
Click here to watch a clip of the speech to the crowd. There was music and several manufacturers there
providing an estimated $5000 worth of merchandise for raffles and to
show their support for the park. Among the manufacturers there
were Quadratec, Skyjacker and
OK Auto who was
giving out hot chocolate to help deal with the frigid temperatures.
Sticky Lee was selling a variety of Save Paragon AP decals and
money from the sales were going to the park. The staging areas
were wall to wall 4X4's with a wide diversity of trail vehicles,
from stock to rock buggies and everything in between. We saw
license plates from as far away as Maine and South Carolina and many
well known clubs were in attendance. Several very popular
offroad magazines were there including JP Magazine. We even
spoke to people who had never knew the park existed but were there
because they learned about it's uncertain future.
We just want to say, thank you
Paragon for providing us a LEGAL place to 4 wheel. Continue the
fight and if it comes down to building a new Paragon, you can
believe there will be an army of volunteers willing to help start