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  1. corey_rideDC

    corey_rideDC Turbo Monkey

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    i'm collecting info on city/county-owned dirt jump parks to help us out in saving our jumps here in VA. i know there are a bunch out there, what i'm looking for is:

    1. name & location of the park
    2. possibly contact information of someone who was involved (rider or official)
    3. any special builds or rules that had to be followed to get the city to approve
    4. positive or negative things about the park

    we have the opportunity to work with IMBA to turn our illegal trails into a legit area. i'm not super-psyched about the turn of events, but it's better than having them plowed. i think if we can present a handful of 'case studies' that other cities have done, we'll have an easier go of getting things approved.

    thanks, and wish us luck!
     

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  2. black noise

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    1. Aptos Polo Grounds
    2. Jeremy Teman worked on the jumps. His email: jeremy@aptosproductions.com.
    3. I know the jumps are kinda kept in check by the city of Aptos, and they had to build jumps of all skill levels. Some select riders have keys to a shed with tools.
    4. Negatives: It's not big enough, they gave us a little spot. You can't dig there without someone's approval, so it's less free than an illegal spot.
    Positives: It's a fun park with a few different-sized rhythms. Plus its good for the city because it's a whole lot cheaper than a skatepark.
     
  3. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    its not a 'dirt jump park' but the evma of tidewater has just recently secured permission to build elevated trails with drops and a few sets o doubles.

    contact kirk moore, hes the president, president@evma.org
    for more info
     
  4. corey_rideDC

    corey_rideDC Turbo Monkey

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    thanks guys, that's the perfect kind of info i'm looking for.

    excellent point that i hadn't even thought of... the cost factor of a DJ park is waaaaay lower than, say, a BMX track.
     
  5. jasonw111

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    Park City, Utah, ours has been really fun so far, just positive no negative
     
  6. stubby

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    that ymca park in the john cowan vidieo, that is SURE TO KEEP KIDS FROM USING DRUGS AND GETTING IN GANGS AND TROUBLE!!! :thumb:
     
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    There is Country Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. They got free dirt from the city from a construction site.

    All the jumps are tabletops so anybody can ride them, but they still have some pretty big lines and lots of big jumps and berms.

    Im not sure who you could contact, but if you post this question in the South forum, I suspect you will get some answers.
     
  8. searching7

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    Bellingham, WA has one. It's ok. I think there is one in Boise, too.
     
  9. black noise

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    Exactly. Whereas a skate park is a few hundred thousand $$, the DJ park in Aptos was a few thousand for dirt, a fence, and a shed. The city just dumped dirt and the riders shaped the rest.

    edit: Go to the Bay Area forum, there was a thread about a city DJ park in Santa Rosa, Ca a little while back. They have a pretty nice one too, lots of jumps.
     
  10. motomike

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    IMBA sent out a magazine about getting city-owned dirt jump parks built.

    www.imba.com
     
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    You might want to talk to Brent Thompson who runs bootleg canyon outside of vegas. It's more of a dh trail network but there are jumps/track features there that are public. He might be able to give you some advice
     
  12. dwaugh

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    Bellingham, WA, should be a good example. Plus it gets worked on every year to make it better every time.
     
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    z boaz in fort worth, tx.

    check out www.cowtownmtb.org for fellas named jim poledna and aubrey williams- they worked with the city and local organizations to keep the jumps alive and well, even growing.

    another one is called dunlop- its in development, but the guys at www.dorba.org can get contact info. the city supplied land, dirt, water, and hoses
     
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    Props for stepping up! :thumb:
     
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    What do you have to do to actually proceede on forcing your city/state on purvchasing materials for a dirt park and constructing one?
     
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    BikeGeek BrewMonkey

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    First, don't try to force them to do anything. Advocacy is a game of give and take, and it's usually played slowly.
     
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    It sounds obvious, but you should be sure to point out what is in the deal for the city. When we were petitioning our town for a dj park, we pointed out increased visitation to our town which translates into more dollars spent in our town which means more taxes for the town. Currently the nearest legal jumps are an hour away, meaning we all go there to ride and spend our cash... We also argued that with childhood obesity running rampant (and we presented data to that effect) it is the responsibility of a township to provide as many opportunities for active recreation as possible, not just soccer fields, etc. I should say that we also started an online petition to demonstrate interest from a bunch of people--just get everyone and their dog to sign. Good luck man.
     
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    I think a petition could help a lot. I was one of a few who got a satepark built in La Canada, LA, CA. We went to meetings and did a bunch of stuff and evetually they did it.

    During one meeting, some dumb wife and her husband said it would be loud becasue they live down the street. Where the sktepark was build was on an asphalt lot next to school with a baseball field/track w/ another baseball field/track accross the street with tennis courts. They were so stupid, they lived near all that and expected it not to be noisy and then though a skatepark would be louder.

    It was build on a small asphault lot. They put a big chain link fence around it. There were few ramps (which were wood/masonite) and you had to wear pads too. But it was something.
     
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    thats a good example, contact merrit at re:cycles, i dont know email etc., but im sure motomike or WKC knows, pm one of them
     
  20. musicman

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    redbox/ bouldin creek in austin
    city provided dirt after dozing sundays secret trails, he got a petition sighned by naborhood residents. and the city aproved a plan.
    theyr pretty sick start off mellow and get big
    i would try and contact noodles on the ninth street bmx message board
    ( www.ninthstreetbmx.com ) or jason sunday.
     
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    PM dwaugh he is the man behind the dirtjump park in Bellingham, WA.
     
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    and here is a link
    to the plan they submited
     
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    Not in the US but one of the sickest city-owned jumps
    out there. Here's a promotional flash video of the place
    (it may take a while to download and you may
    swear the page is frozen but have patience, it'll load)

    Here's a .pdf brochure.

    And here's the website for the West Vancouver Gleneagles
    Community Center, with proposals, etc. that should get
    you going.
     
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    Arbor Lake : Arvada Colorado (illest dirt jumps ever, sports side by side 40 packs of steep technical rhythms)


    Sunset Park : Dever Colorado

    Eaton Park : Gunbarrel Colorado
     
  25. motomike

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    damm you WCH for posting that picture. damm you!






    :drool: :drool:
     
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    Damm those lake arbor trails look prime. i wish i had those kind of jumps close to my house.
     
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    wch is right. arbor and sunset rule. but gunbarrel has a line so big it blows your mind.
    elliot hoover on the inside line at gunbarrel
     
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    that is effin nuts...
     
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    I bet NORAD got that ufo on their radar and sent some F-15's after it.....


    Create a sports club so the politicians can se "on paper" that you organize the youth and keep them away from "drugs and ****".
    If the club have members in their 20's and 30's aswell then you can say that it's a good way to close the generation gap, bla bla bla....they love to hear stuff like that.

    Here's a link to an assosiation that have some good experiance with different comunity organizations and local politicians http://www.capitalbmx.com/kontakt.html
     
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    Cory, is fo' nine' fi' in trouble?
     
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    yes, they are...
     
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    Bootleg canyon is public and maintains a jump park. It is operated in conjunction with Boulder City, Nevada and run by Brent Thompson. check out the website-www.bootlegcanyon.com
     
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    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    crashing at a trail near you...
    damn, i can't really think of too many times that i've heard GOOD things about more...:mumble:
     
  35. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    crashing at a trail near you...
    may your shoes be infested with a lifetime supply of chiggers for posting that pic

    im going to be droolin' like an idiot all day long now...thanks a lot

    :nuts:
     
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    Morgan Hill, California, has some legal DJ's. They never really got up and running, but they were something. Check http://bmxriders.org/bro/home.cfm for yet another resource. Good luck!
     
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    god i miss the trails back home arbor, sunset, the v- you guys think those pics are huge check out the v- 15 foot high lips that are vert as all get out. all sorts of lines and crazy step ups and downs, and finally my secret 4 pack that only 2 other people in the world know about- that i know about