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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! New Project: Need Builders

    Me, Matt (mattyboy) and are starting to build new jumps, at a new location in east mesa. We are determined to make this into a large project with many features including many jumps, drops, step ups, and a possible pumptrack. Pumptrack will come after seeing how many workers we have and how it goes. This is not a small project, but something that will have people talking.

    This location is prestine because of natural features, lots of dirt around, and close water access to fill galllons. (Sorry no hose).

    Now we need at least for now 8-10 COMMITED builders that are willing to volunteer hours of work to make this place sick. It would be great to get as many workers as possible, but for now 8-10 is realistic. We have decided to not give out the location for now.

    There will be scheduled work days where if possible everyone can come out and work together, but if you want, you can go and put in hours whenever. If you are interested in this and want to join this team to build a sick place to ride INSTANT MESSAGE me and I will give you location and more details.

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    Just wondering if this will be on private land and if you have permission to do this? Nothing like putting all that hard work in to have it ripped down.

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    This was a topic I thought would come up. Things have been build on this piece of land before and nothing has been torn down, just not maintained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZnewbie
    Just wondering if this will be on private land and if you have permission to do this? Nothing like putting all that hard work in to have it ripped down.

    The only thing asking permission for gets you is a NO.....or a pumptrack

    go out and build like crazy and build stuff propper and build any place you can. Force the issue so they simply give up tearing stuff down and see the need that is truly out there!!!

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    If people are worried about things getting torn down, yes it is possible, but its in the desert not visible from roads and people have built out there alot before, just things werent maintained because it was built by kids, and you know how bmx kids lose interest
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    I think this thread was made a little prematurely...
    Asking for permission after it is built (or during) is not very smart...
    I don't really want a fine for building unauthorized structures on city land.
    That park has a lot of park rangers roaming around, and there are signs posted saying that no motor vehicles are to be driven back there... So "getting away with it" will be hard to do.

    Why don't you get a list of the workers together that would like to help build, along with a petition of the mountain bike community (will need to have the yes/no vote and contact infomation). Even a community survey at the local hot spots (like grocery stores) around there asking people if they would like to see that place used for family recreation. Should be easy since its basically a concrete scrap dump right now.

    Please take my screen name off of this until the approval process is completed.
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    Ill tell you what, mountain bikers really have troubles with legal stuff. I remember when I was slightly younger some of my friends would go build where ever the hell we wanted and didnt get any crap for it.
    Kubo I can slightly understand concerns about fines IF you were building wood structures out there. But what are they going to fine you for or need approval for when you are building with dirt in the middle of the desert that says nothing about no trespassing. Its completely open to go back there, plus there are already jumps built back there, just not maintained. I can understand fines if you were hopping a fence saying no trespassing near construction and building, but this...no. And you saying something about no motor vehicles, I dont think anyone was planning on driving back there. And bikes, no motors.
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    when you're a little older you will begin to understand how politics work; you'll then begin to understand the magnitude of building a park and all the legal mumbojumbo that goes along with it... and there are signs that say no trespassing, no dumping, etc....just not in plain view... and that's how they can get ya for violations... i'm not saying don't do it, cuz i'll still ride it... you just gotta take things into consideration before breaking any ground... good luck with the build... as for the rest of this summer, the only trail work i'll be doing is up north
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    Times have changed since we were boys….

    I remember when I was a kid, my dad was the boys PE teacher in the Jr. High school I attended. He used to get away with murder by flipping us on the a$$ with his whistle or a towel as we walked from the showers to our locker, and once he mocked our jr high wieners. He used to discipline me right in front of all the other boys, one time smacking me upside the head when I "walked the mile" with a few friends instead of "jogging" it.

    Well, today he is 70 something years old and he can't run very fast. I'm thinking it's time for ME to bring out the whistle strap… I kinda forgot where I was going with this whole post because I just remembered the wiener thing….
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Times have changed since we were boys….

    I remember when I was a kid, my dad was the boys PE teacher in the Jr. High school I attended. He used to get away with murder by flipping us on the a$$ with his whistle or a towel as we walked from the showers to our locker, and once he mocked our jr high wieners. He used to discipline me right in front of all the other boys, one time smacking me upside the head when I "walked the mile" with a few friends instead of "jogging" it.

    Well, today he is 70 something years old and he can't run very fast. I'm thinking it's time for ME to bring out the whistle strap… I kinda forgot where I was going with this whole post because I just remembered the wiener thing….
    CONGRATULATIONS! We have a wierd post of the day winner (or wiener i suppose)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Times have changed since we were boys….

    I remember when I was a kid, my dad was the boys PE teacher in the Jr. High school I attended. He used to get away with murder by flipping us on the a$$ with his whistle or a towel as we walked from the showers to our locker, and once he mocked our jr high wieners. He used to discipline me right in front of all the other boys, one time smacking me upside the head when I "walked the mile" with a few friends instead of "jogging" it.

    Well, today he is 70 something years old and he can't run very fast. I'm thinking it's time for ME to bring out the whistle strap… I kinda forgot where I was going with this whole post because I just remembered the wiener thing….
    .....creepy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    He used to get away with murder by flipping us on the a$$ with his whistle or a towel as we walked from the showers to our locker, and once he mocked our jr high wieners. ….

    This was truly uncomfortable to read!!!!

    But I can see Kavurider doing this in his near future.
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    AZ and NM have a buttload of public land (in the desert) that you can build these jumps on. why build it on somebody else's private land?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannerdrummer
    Ill tell you what, mountain bikers really have troubles with legal stuff. I remember when I was slightly younger some of my friends would go build where ever the hell we wanted and didnt get any crap for it.
    Kubo I can slightly understand concerns about fines IF you were building wood structures out there. But what are they going to fine you for or need approval for when you are building with dirt in the middle of the desert that says nothing about no trespassing. Its completely open to go back there, plus there are already jumps built back there, just not maintained. I can understand fines if you were hopping a fence saying no trespassing near construction and building, but this...no. And you saying something about no motor vehicles, I dont think anyone was planning on driving back there. And bikes, no motors.
    All I have to say is do some research and find out what is illegal and what isn’t before making assumptions on what you THINK you will be fined for. I know for a fact it is illegal to modify anything on a piece of land that’s not owned by you.
    Same as with NRA... all of that was illegal. That’s why people sneaked shovels and wheel barrels in to work on it.
    Not too much sneaking stuff in and out of that place you are talking about... its in plain view of everything.

    If I were to help build, I want to do it right. Bring in real equipment and spend time on it as opposed to half-ass crap. Everyone that says its hard to get an approval as went as far as asking a couple people and getting a no.

    If you have the time, get some things together and get more people saying "yes we want it" and bring that list to them. Because that is what they want to see.... not for us to go behind their backs and build stuff on their land then ask for forgiveness then a "oh-by-the-way, can we keep it?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    AZ and NM have a buttload of public land (in the desert) that you can build these jumps on. why build it on somebody else's private land?
    Because the approval process is near impossible on public land.

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    who owns the land you are building on ?

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    Tanner, I appreciate your excitement about this just build idea as I am in the process of putting some business plans together for a legit park.

    Quick story, which makes me feel like an old man. I built some really cool set of jumps back home in Jersey as a teen. I made sure no one left trash or tools, and no one could see it. Well one summer day with about 20 of us there 5 cop cars show up and the land owner wants us all prosecuted. We were just asked to leave in the end, but it was scary as hell, and if the situtation was a little different 20 good kids all have records.

    If you want to do this you need to find a private land owner who is cool with you doing this somehow or get the city to allow a park to be built by a legitimate company like in other cities.

    Everyone here would love to help build and ride a cool park, but not at the expense of fines or police issues.

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    Getting approval takes to much time. Period.
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    Those that know me believe about 1/2 the things I write. I would say that percentage holds up pretty well with my ramblings above…. Sincere apologies if the "walking the mile" story creeped you out….

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    Quote Originally Posted by tannerdrummer
    Me, Matt (mattyboy) and are starting to build new jumps, at a new location in east mesa.
    It's Matt (mattyboy) and I are starting to build new jumps, at a new location in east mesa.

    Just because your on summer break doesn't mean you can forget your grammer lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmelin
    Just because your on summer break doesn't mean you can forget your grammer lessons.
    I think you mean "you're."
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    I think you mean "you're."

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    I think you mean "you're."
    haha, fail.

    To the OP:
    Don't ever, ever, ever post info about digging jumps online. And don't tell all your friends.
    Just build it, ride it, keep it quiet.

    Good luck on getting "permission"...
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    I think you mean "you're."
    A reply came quicker than I thought, but I'm not sure if YOU'RE goofing or if you forget YOUR grammer lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KavuRider
    To the OP:
    Don't ever, ever, ever post info about digging jumps online. And don't tell all your friends.
    Just build it, ride it, keep it quiet.

    Good luck on getting "permission"...
    Exactly!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kubo
    All I have to say is do some research and find out what is illegal and what isn’t before making assumptions on what you THINK you will be fined for. I know for a fact it is illegal to modify anything on a piece of land that’s not owned by you.
    Same as with NRA... all of that was illegal. That’s why people sneaked shovels and wheel barrels in to work on it.
    Not too much sneaking stuff in and out of that place you are talking about... its in plain view of everything.

    If I were to help build, I want to do it right. Bring in real equipment and spend time on it as opposed to half-ass crap. Everyone that says its hard to get an approval as went as far as asking a couple people and getting a no.

    If you have the time, get some things together and get more people saying "yes we want it" and bring that list to them. Because that is what they want to see.... not for us to go behind their backs and build stuff on their land then ask for forgiveness then a "oh-by-the-way, can we keep it?"
    what is your realistic plan to get things aproved in a timley manner? Who is this they you keep speaking off? It takes years just to get a log ride approved.

    Waiting around twitiling your thumbs waiting for a yes will get you no where. People have been saying there is a need for quite sometime now. Stop listening to the forest circus and show them what the need is and force the issue or you won't get permission to do anything except free tree removal cause the forest circus can't even get it together to do that in a timley fashion

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    Ahhhh now I see it, and it's GRAMMAR.

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    Don't pull a Hemmorhoid.

    Be very careful of how you go about it, because you can affect the rest of the MTB’ing community in a bad way, particularly the black diamond folks (DH/FR/DJ).

    In Tucson we lost a spectacularly built DH trail that was beginning to get recognition. We lost it because it was illegally built on USFS land in a biologically sensitive area. What killed it aside from its legal status, was the internet. Seems some greenies found some video on the internet and pursued legal action, resulting in FINES levied against several people, none were the builders, but they did get busted for maintaining it.

    As a result of this negative publicity, we black diamond types in Tucson are now labled as a rogue group that operates outside the law and that does not care about any other user groups. Basically the land managers have us in their sights as an irresponsible user group and they are beating us to death with it as we try and lobby for some legitimate black diamond riding venues.

    What to do? Do your best to operate legitimately and develop a positive relationship with the land managers. Put some weight behind your effort by getting the community and other groups to support the project. There is a definite need for places like you want to build and operate, but you need to be able to make that a presentable case to the land managers.

    Today’s kids need a meaningful and safe place to ride. That place needs to have the head room to support today’s cutting edge skill levels as well as provide a place to progressively practice and develop skills in a safe and controlled manner.

    All of this will take some patience and politicking.

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    And a large insurance policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Those that know me believe about 1/2 the things I write. I would say that percentage holds up pretty well with my ramblings above…. Sincere apologies if the "walking the mile" story creeped you out….

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    I don't think it was "walking the mile" that creeped people out but the Jr. High wieners that was creepy....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDog
    Today’s kids need a meaningful and safe place to ride. That place needs to have the head room to support today’s cutting edge skill levels as well as provide a place to progressively practice and develop skills in a safe and controlled manner.

    All of this will take some patience and politicking.
    True dat.

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    Well that all sounds great in theroy, but all that does is keep the never ending circle of nothing ever happening going. How far have you guys got working with the powers that be on actually getting some quality features aprroved?

    You have 2 options, get permision on some private property or build illegally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDog
    Be very careful of how you go about it, because you can affect the rest of the MTB’ing community in a bad way, particularly the black diamond folks (DH/FR/DJ).

    In Tucson we lost a spectacularly built DH trail that was beginning to get recognition. We lost it because it was illegally built on USFS land in a biologically sensitive area. What killed it aside from its legal status, was the internet. Seems some greenies found some video on the internet and pursued legal action, resulting in FINES levied against several people, none were the builders, but they did get busted for maintaining it.

    As a result of this negative publicity, we black diamond types in Tucson are now labled as a rogue group that operates outside the law and that does not care about any other user groups. Basically the land managers have us in their sights as an irresponsible user group and they are beating us to death with it as we try and lobby for some legitimate black diamond riding venues.

    What to do? Do your best to operate legitimately and develop a positive relationship with the land managers. Put some weight behind your effort by getting the community and other groups to support the project. There is a definite need for places like you want to build and operate, but you need to be able to make that a presentable case to the land managers.

    Today’s kids need a meaningful and safe place to ride. That place needs to have the head room to support today’s cutting edge skill levels as well as provide a place to progressively practice and develop skills in a safe and controlled manner.

    All of this will take some patience and politicking.
    This is why we no longer build or lift shovels at nra. We knew it was illegal when we started. But at the time the DH/FR community was very small compared to now. So there was nothing of the sort anywhere besides a few jumps at the paps/ikea/playground. Since then the dh/fr scene has exploded with many crossing over from xc/am riding. Anyways we no longer feel the need to continue to jepordize the mtb communities rep and have stoped all illegal trail building in the state.It has been this way since the mesa ranger district went on the war path earlier this year.

    I would say before building somewhere new people should focus on either trying again to get NRA legit ( years of work) or focus the effort on a legit spot.

    Our work now only goes towards legit trails that need love ( yes freight train is legit)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JrockFeltaz
    Well that all sounds great in theroy, but all that does is keep the never ending circle of nothing ever happening going. How far have you guys got working with the powers that be on actually getting some quality features aprroved?

    You have 2 options, get permision on some private property or build illegally.
    Sad but true...
    But we should continue to press the "right thing" as opposed to preaching to people to break the law and keep making a bad name for the DH/FR/DJ crowd

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    Correct. We as a group have already established there is a need for this type of thing . Now there really needs to be a strong group of commited folks to push the issue. There are plenty of examples in many other states. Idea would be to model after something that has worked like Black rock orgeon and other places. Dirtcorps did lots of good work to help their dj/dh/fr community also.
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    This place doesn't look to bad for starters. Not to far, lots of room to build. Maybe the question should be how much are you willing to pay to ride, they'll even have an EMT on site. Just throwing it out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulM
    This place doesn't look to bad for starters. Not to far, lots of room to build. Maybe the question should be how much are you willing to pay to ride, they'll even have an EMT on site. Just throwing it out there.

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    This is private land and it's already there to ride now, it's just not free, discuss all you want.

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    That looks like a pic of grindingstone mx park's dirt jumps
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Guys, what part of "probably not a good idea to discuss building a bike park on a public forum" are you not getting?
    I think its a great idea to talk about making a bike park the right way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubo
    Sad but true...
    But we should continue to press the "right thing" as opposed to preaching to people

    to break the law and keep making a bad name for the DH/FR/DJ crowd

    Good luck with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Times have changed since we were boys….

    I remember when I was a kid, my dad was the boys PE teacher in the Jr. High school I attended. He used to get away with murder by flipping us on the a$$ with his whistle or a towel as we walked from the showers to our locker, and once he mocked our jr high wieners. He used to discipline me right in front of all the other boys, one time smacking me upside the head when I "walked the mile" with a few friends instead of "jogging" it.

    Well, today he is 70 something years old and he can't run very fast. I'm thinking it's time for ME to bring out the whistle strap… I kinda forgot where I was going with this whole post because I just remembered the wiener thing….
    Oh my god,thats one of the best posts ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by clockwork
    This is why we no longer build or lift shovels at nra. We knew it was illegal when we started. But at the time the DH/FR community was very small compared to now. So there was nothing of the sort anywhere besides a few jumps at the paps/ikea/playground. Since then the dh/fr scene has exploded with many crossing over from xc/am riding. Anyways we no longer feel the need to continue to jepordize the mtb communities rep and have stoped all illegal trail building in the state.It has been this way since the mesa ranger district went on the war path earlier this year.

    I would say before building somewhere new people should focus on either trying again to get NRA legit ( years of work) or focus the effort on a legit spot.

    Our work now only goes towards legit trails that need love ( yes freight train is legit)
    you are not the only group of riders building trails in teh state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Sincere apologies if the "walking the mile" story creeped you out….

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    Nooooo, that story made me laugh out loud. I know that sometimes these armor wearing, bad a$$, gotta get air, it's only blood, I'll poach land when I want to, mountain bikers on this board can be a little sensitive to sarcasm.

    Awhatukee could use some jumps too, you know.

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    Tanner, Matty et al ... there is a natural jump pit close to you, I've posted about it before on here and my blog. no building, and some nice stuff. you could easily form a little more out there and no one would notice since it would blend in. a good fix for so close and legit. I believe its City of Mesa land that has been "planned" for a park for about 10 yrs. lots of other people walk dogs, paintball etc so the bikes are hardly the only ones using it.

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    "You Tell 'Em, Buford Pusser..."

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    Those that know me believe about 1/2 the things I write. I would say that percentage holds up pretty well with my ramblings above…. Sincere apologies if the "walking the mile" story creeped you out….

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    Quote Originally Posted by JrockFeltaz
    what is your realistic plan to get things aproved in a timley manner? Who is this they you keep speaking off? It takes years just to get a log ride approved.

    Waiting around twitiling your thumbs waiting for a yes will get you no where. People have been saying there is a need for quite sometime now. Stop listening to the forest circus and show them what the need is and force the issue or you won't get permission to do anything except free tree removal cause the forest circus can't even get it together to do that in a timley fashion
    A realistic plan is like what I said previously... however I'm sure there are plenty of other ways.
    Seriously though, we can battle the land owners whether its the city or USFS... and I'm sure you can get away with destroying their property. But if you actually talk to them, you will find out that they are really wanting to work with us, since that is why they are here. They want to support what the community wants, but they need a group or community to know what is wanted. They get really irritated when we just go and do stuff without telling them As far as they know, its just a couple punk kids just doing it without any care for anyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubo
    A realistic plan is like what I said previously... however I'm sure there are plenty of other ways.
    Seriously though, we can battle the land owners whether its the city or USFS... and I'm sure you can get away with destroying their property. But if you actually talk to them, you will find out that they are really wanting to work with us, since that is why they are here. They want to support what the community wants, but they need a group or community to know what is wanted. They get really irritated when we just go and do stuff without telling them As far as they know, its just a couple punk kids just doing it without any care for anyone else.

    LoL, you can tell you're new to this sport. Glad you're not jaded yet, but good luck keeping it that way.

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