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The City Council has voted to keep Lambert Park closed to all motorized vehicles until May 1.

ALPINE — The City Council has voted to keep Lambert Park closed to all motorized vehicles until May 1.

Last July, the council voted unanimously to prohibit motorized vehicles in Lambert Park until Jan. 1 following a wildfire, reportedly due to gunfire.

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The 255-acre wilderness park is normally accessed by Grove Drive, Box Elder Drive and Alpine Boulevard. It has trails for hiking, horses and mountain biking, some designated camping areas, and access to the Alpine rodeo grounds. Many residents also ride all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles along the dirt trails.

Maintenance and emergency vehicles will be exempted from the ban, and the roads to the bowery and the rodeo grounds will remain open.

The closure will be strictly enforced by the Lone Peak Police Department. Violation of the policy is a class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $500.

The council will vote on a long-term policy for Lambert Park in May. During the interim, the council will hold public hearings on the issue.