yea its Pete's field. Use to drive 2 hours every other weekend to play there years ago.
Here is story.
Paintball fans see red after park is shut down
A paintball complex in Opa-locka was forced to close after state officials discovered -- after more than 20 years -- that they owned the property.
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BY ROBERT SAMUELS
CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF
Peter Bofill stands next to the gate leading to his paintball field in Opa Locka. Bofill, owner of Ruff n' Tuff Paintball Field, is in a dispute with the Department of Corrections, which claims it owns the land where his paintball field is located.
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Recent times for the popular Ruff N Tuff Paintball Park have been rough, tough and confusing.
In the shade of pine trees on the western edge of Opa-locka, thousands of kids and grown-ups each month shot each other with stinging blasts of paint. Hip-hop mogul Diddy even played there. So did boxing champ Lennox Lewis. Police officers from 25 agencies used it for training practice.
But there was one important agency that until recently never heard of the park: the one that owns it.
The Florida Department of Corrections in mid-March killed games at Ruff N Tuff, known in paintball circles as ``RNT.''
They said Peter Bofill, 43, a former world paintball champion, was trespassing, building up a popular business for 15 years without ever getting their approval.
They ordered him off the property the afternoon of March 14, less than 24 hours before the site was to host a boy's 12th birthday party.
''The Department specifically does not and cannot permit any activities of any kind on this property other than its own operations,'' Assistant General Counsel Lealand McCharen wrote Bofill in an e-mail.
Bofill is befuddled. He said he made a verbal agreement in 1993 with an Opa-locka mayor, whose name he can't remember, to transform an unkempt junkyard into the paintball park. The mayor at the time has since died.
''I've done nothing wrong. I feel like I've been executed,'' said a soft-spoken Bofill, a former professional paintball player for the Florida Rage.
Since then, paintball enthusiasts in Broward and Miami-Dade have been signing petitions and lobbying politicians. One parent even sent an e-mail to President Bush, trying to garner as much support as possible in a drama that already has involved three government agencies and a member of the Bee Gees.
Corrections officials, who are more apologetic than angry, say the land is theirs, obtained in 1983 from the federal government. Department spokeswoman Jo Ellyn Rackleff said the department wanted the lot to build a center to help inmates make the transition from prison to the workplace.
Local businesses in this warehouse district hated the idea, so Rackleff said they gave Miami-Dade County permission to use the land instead.
But, according to Rackleff, the department never checked to see if Miami-Dade ever built anything. The county didn't, and the lot become a weedy graveyard for abandoned car parts.
What happened over the next 10 years is unclear at best. Bofill said he got permission from the mayor, who would have been the late Robert Ingram. Bofill said Ingram was eager to have the place cleaned up, as well as made into a business that catered to youth. Bofill never paid a dime to lease the land.
Octavien Spanner, the city's current community development director, said he had no paper record of any agreement made between Ingram and Bofill. Spanner said he thought Bofill had an agreement with the state.
In what Rackleff admits was an ''oversight,'' the state Corrections Department did not even realize it was still responsible for the property until late 2007.
''We didn't mean to upset people,'' Rackleff said. ``We thought Dade County was using the property, which was our mistake. This looks like a good use for the land, but we just can't authorize that type of use. We can only lease it for correctional facilities.''
Paintball enthusiasts were advised to try Extreme Rage park in Hollywood. There are also parks in Doral, Homestead and Fort Lauderdale.
Meanwhile, the field remains locked up. Bofill runs a paintball gear store next door, once owned by paintball lover Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, who died in 2003.
''He loved to play,'' said Bofill, pointing to a framed jersey of Gibb and his camouflaged gun, which hangs on the store's wall. ``People love to play paintball, young and old.''