Motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are off-limits on Doctors Hospital's field behind the Evans Kroger.
Signs were posted last week on the property informing bikers they were no longer welcome.
"It was a safety issue. It was unregulated," said Shayne George, vice president and chief operating officer for Doctors Hospital. "We really just wanted to regulate that a little bit for everyone's safety."
George said he had heard complaints from the public about the motorcyclists. He said many felt endangered by the riders. George said the hospital's possible liability if an accident were to happen also played a factor in banning the dirt bikes.
"We don't want anybody to get hurt," he said. "It was a liability issue."
A sign has been erected prohibiting motorcycles and
all-terrain vehicles on the Doctors Hospital field.
Photo by Barry Paschal
Over time, the vehicles have worn paths into the 21-acre field.
Although motorized vehicles are no longer allowed in the area, George said other activities such as kite-flying and sporting events are still welcome.
Currently, the Family Y holds lacrosse matches at the field on weekends and some recreation-league football teams are practicing there.
Doctors Hospital might one day want to develop the property, but there are no immediate plans to do so, George said. In the meantime, he said he's happy to see the property being used as an unofficial park area.
"We still want the public to enjoy the land," he said. "We're just going to regulate the ATV and motorcycle activity."
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