A limited number of permits are available to participate in special riding sessions following a ceremony Sunday to give the public a preview of the first state-owned all-terrain vehicle park in Woodbine.

Following the ceremony, riders can use the park near the Belleplain State Forest free of charge between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seven days a week until a contractor is hired later this year to operate the site.

Those interested in participating in two preview riding sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday must obtain a permit at the Belleplain State Forest. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 25 riders for each of the sessions.

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Riders for these sessions must complete an application form and provide validation of identification, current registration issued by the Motor Vehicle Commission and proof of insurance.

Users of the park must abide by the following rules:

* The park is to be used by ATVs, dirt bikes and snowmobiles only. All vehicles using the new park must be equipped with headlights, taillights, brakes, reflector material and muffler.

* Operators must wear a protective helmet, motorcycle/ATV goggles, over-the-ankle leather boots, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, gloves, wrist guards and kneepads.

* Park users must be at least 14 years old. Anyone younger than 16 years may not operate an ATV with an engine capacity greater than 90 cubic centimeters.

* All users under the age of 18 must complete an ATV safety education and training course established or certified by the Motor Vehicle Commission, which they must have in their possession.

* ATVs must be registered in New Jersey. Registration can be obtained at any of the Motor Vehicle Commission’s 39 agencies for a fee of $17 for in-state residents and $19 for out-of-state riders. Proof of ownership is required.

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