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    Lafayette Bike Park

    Hello all, there will be a public meeting on Monday September 8th at 7:15pm. The goal of this meeting is to bring together some of the information we have been collecting and start putting together a proposal for the Parks and Trail & Recreation Commission. If you are a Lamorinda or WC local and are interested in supporting a bike park, please post up and attend the meeting. If you happen to have documentation on other bike parks such as Folsom, Fresno / Woodward, proposals for Pacifica or SF, please let us know via the forum.

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    we are looking ofr anyone

    here is the email

    I am scheduling a meeting for Monday September 8th at 7:15pm. The goal of this meeting is to bring together some of the information we have been collecting and start putting together a proposal for the Parks and Trail & Recreation Commission. The PTR Commission meets on Wednesday the 10th. If Monday’s meeting is successful we will be able to report to the commission on Wednesday.



    Tell your friends and other jumpers about this meeting so that we may get a large group of people working on this project.



    Please e mail me back any information or input that you may have to put on the meeting agenda.



    Jonathan "ACE" Katayanagi

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    (925) 595-4847 aceofrec@sbcglobal.net

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    The meeting is tonight. Hopefully we'll have good news to report later this week!

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    Hi all- if anyone knows who to contact regarding the Morgan Hill bike park, that would be great if you could post that info. My understanding is that they have a "sandbox" set up where the locals can build as they see fit as long as it's not over 6' tall. A scenario similar to that would be great for Lafayette. We even talked about rider built jumps that are certified after completion. Any ideas on how that might work? Who could certify them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Bay Rich
    Hi all- if anyone knows who to contact regarding the Morgan Hill bike park, that would be great if you could post that info. My understanding is that they have a "sandbox" set up where the locals can build as they see fit as long as it's not over 6' tall. A scenario similar to that would be great for Lafayette. We even talked about rider built jumps that are certified after completion. Any ideas on how that might work? Who could certify them?
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    This is great work, Rich!

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Bay Rich
    Hi all- if anyone knows who to contact regarding the Morgan Hill bike park, that would be great if you could post that info. My understanding is that they have a "sandbox" set up where the locals can build as they see fit as long as it's not over 6' tall. A scenario similar to that would be great for Lafayette. We even talked about rider built jumps that are certified after completion. Any ideas on how that might work? Who could certify them?
    Thanks,
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    EBR,

    a little side note from your comment. In order for the state/city to allow such a thing, they will be very concern with liability. Your comment about certification will do no good even if it is from US cycling federation, IMBA.... That will not decrease the likehood of someone getting hurt while on one of the man made structure (not dirt jump).

    In order to get anywhere, I think you need to have a licensed structural engineer or a licensed mechanical engineer stamp the construction drawing for your design/structure. Presenting this to the city will decrease the liability (while not eliminating it completely). I can imagine something similar to this for any playground.

    This is the way I would approach your problem. Certainly a good bonus to present to the city that you are trying to work with. It is certainly easier if it is dont ask, dont tell with what you are planning. But when you work with the government, this is the kind of stuffs that just has to be done.

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    I heard Morgan Hill has a bike park that applies the "sandbox" approach.

    http://www.morganhilltimes.com/news/...community-park

    However, I don't have confirmation. Any one know details on that park? It's a bit out of the way for me...

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    xpost

    http://www.ridemonkey.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=215587


    Lafayette bike park here we come
    <hr style="color: rgb(255, 255, 255); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" size="1"> So it's happening. http://www.lafayettebikepark.com/HOME.html THe planing stages are starting and what not. if interested hit up the email on the bottom of the site.

    East Bay- you are soon going to have a legal jump spot!
    as posted by yesimaddicted

    If anyone wants to carpool from WC to the meeting let me know.

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    Great stuff!


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    SO pumped on this. Sometimes working with the city dose pay off. And this is to all you kid/dirtjumper/future of the sport haters- We did the right thing, we went to the man, we talked to the man, we worked with the man and guess what we won.

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    I've got a facebook event on this: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132319075622. Please feel free to forward it on to all of your friends!
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    Is there any detail on the proposed location. Maybe I'm missing that.
    I'm working my schedule to see if I make it.
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    the location will be near the lafayette community center. in the parks right beind it. the jumps will be near the baseball fields.

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    I've heard about this..I'm pretty stoked...I'll be @ the meeting on March 6, anyone want to ride the community park (there's a couple cool spots) before the meeting? if its not raining....

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    It will be raining pretty steady through Wed. Thur/Fri will be scattered showers. Saturday will be clearing. Might be sloppy.
    I checked my calendar and will be out of town on Friday (DOH!). It will be helpful at the meetings if we all go around the room, say your name, any affiliations, and general location. If anyone can debrief me when I get back, that would be much appreciated.
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    the trails are going to be way to sloppy to ride for the next week and a half, to much rain.

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    yeah, March is already here...crap...rain is good, but I hate waiting...

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    The Bike Park site has been updated. Please take a moment to check out the progress.
    Design page:
    http://lafayettebikepark.com/Lafayet...k_/Design.html

    Photos of the old (illegal) Creek Jumps, Creek restoration, and proposed site:
    http://lafayettebikepark.com/Lafayet...rk_/Photo.html

    Another meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 3/13/09. Hope to see ya' there!

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    ill be there and if anyone wants input send them an emial with stuff that your interested in.

    see ya on friday

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Bay Rich
    Another meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 3/13/09. Hope to see ya' there!
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    I hope we get a slopestyle park in there...What do you think, paintballeerXC? When do you think we will really start building it?

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    hopefully by this fri. a time table will be up. The park is most lilky going to be orrinated around DJ's and maybe a pumptrack


    check the website v 2.0 is up

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    cool...c ya guys friday.

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    next meeting...

    is this Friday. Last week Nat & Rachael gave an overview and started gathering specific input about types of features. There's info on the website about the overall process and the time & location for this week's meeting.

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    I hope this all works out. The inner east bay need something like this. Just wish it would have been around when I was still living in the area, would of had a blast!

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    To quote Hilride:

    Last Friday, the Elderberry Room at the Lafayette Community Center was packed for the first bike park stakeholder meeting and design workshop. Forty-nine people attended the event, which made it one of the largest community meetings ever hosted by the Lafayette Parks Department. The large turn out sent a strong signal that interest in the bike park project is extremely high.
    Things are looking good!
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    Hilride, Rec Staff, and Senior Bike Park Group member "paintballerXC" surveyed the proposed area and took photos.
    http://lafayettebikepark.com/Photo.html#grid
    Hilride drew out potential boundaries and asked Group members to sketch out their ideas. I used the photos for reference as well as the PDF:
    http://lafayettebikepark.com/Design.html

    I then imported the view from Google Earth into Google SketchUp and started adding elements. Check out a proposed Advanced line of tabletops:

    <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/H1Uird_dh9Q&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e 9e00"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/H1Uird_dh9Q&hl=en&fs=1&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e 9e00" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

    From table start to tranny end, the distance is ~36 feet. That makes for about a 7-9 foot table top. Hardtail mtb, bmx, and human placed for reference



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    sweet start man. meetings tonight be there

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    meeting went really well...Looks like its really coming along nicely...The next process is probably going to be specific design and layout?

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    were on agian, From Hillride


    Hi All,

    The preliminary design plan for the Lafayette Bike Park will be released at the Lafayette Parks, Trails and Recreation Commission meeting on April 8th at 7:00pm in the Sequoia Room at the Lafayette Community Center 500 St. Marys Road. A strong show of support for the park and the plan at the Commission meeting will ensure that the project will move forward into the master planning stage and bring us that much closer to moving dirt. Come on out to the meeting and help keep things moving forward.

    The preliminary site layout has been completed with survey stakes painted pink marking the fence line, start hills for the dual slalom and flow trail, dirt jump line, and pump track. Flagging on the site marks the alignments for the dual slalom and flow trail and the zones for the dirt jumps and pump track.

    Check it out if you have a chance.

    Attached is an poster for the Commission meeting to print out and spread the word.

    Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

    http://www.lafayettebikepark.com

    Sincerely,

    Nat Lopes
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    Be there on Wednesday.

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    The final design was approved by the Park Commission on 4/8. There was an article in the Lamorinda Weekly last Friday. Check the PDF here:
    http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0304/pdf/page%202.pdf

    .png file of final design here in upper left of this page: http://lafayettebikepark.com/Design.html


    Looks like grading will be in June. To my knowledge, this will be the FIRST public dual slalom course and pumptrack in the Bay Area.

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    This is awesome! Grew up in Lafayette and my friend lived right next to the community fields. Great location, cant wait to see the finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavezFever
    This is awesome! Grew up in Lafayette and my friend lived right next to the community fields. Great location, cant wait to see the finished product.

    DF:

    I also grew up in Lafayette and wish this kind of park would have been there 50 years ago. Nat at Hilride is a great guy and this park is definitely going to be an asset to the city. It is amazing how much energy young people can contribute to the development of a project like this if they can visualize the fun they are going to have in the future.

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    ^^^^ both of you guys got it right, i live lesss than 30 sec. from the spot so i pour my life into this.

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    This looks promising. What's a realistic ETA for the project?
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    still working with city, damn legal process, hopefully being built this summer.

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    where are we with the city, now? what about those owls that people are worried about? haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    still working with city, damn legal process, hopefully being built this summer.
    XC:

    I did this Google Earth shot of the future park to try and get an idea where the park will be built. I haven't been out to that area in over 40 years. As a teenager we use to go up in the hills around there at night with our buddies and drink Colt 45.

    I actually went to kindergarden at Burton Elementry School (sightly northwest of the community park) which was on St. Mary's road. I don't think it's a school anymore. I am curious what is the name of the school slightly east of the park, I don't remember it being there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc
    XC:

    I did this Google Earth shot of the future park to try and get an idea where the park will be built. I haven't been out to that area in over 40 years. As a teenager we use to go up in the hills around there at night with our buddies and drink Colt 45.

    I actually went to kindergarden at Burton Elementry School (sightly northwest of the community park) which was on St. Mary's road. I don't think it's a school anymore. I am curious what is the name of the school slightly east of the park, I don't remember it being there?

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    so all you oldies. to the east in Burton Valley Elementary school, K-5. the old BV is now the community center and outdoor ohookey rink. and those hills and tree areas are still greatly used....

    either u guys by chance have any pictures of the park area when it used just be grass? i used have one when i was a kid but cant find it anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    so all you oldies. to the east in Burton Valley Elementary school, K-5. the old BV is now the community center and outdoor ohookey rink. and those hills and tree areas are still greatly used....

    either u guys by chance have any pictures of the park area when it used just be grass? i used have one when i was a kid but cant find it anymore
    Paint:

    Did you go to Acalanes? Do you know Forest from MTBR? Went to school with his mom. Don't have any pictures they got burned up in the Oakland fire.

    Lafayette was a great place to grow up. Hopefully the kids who get to use the new park will be able to say the same thing when they get old. I know they won't be paying 25 cents for gas and driving a 1957 Chevy, 1964 Mustang or a 1968 Z28 to school.

    Any idea how much a park like this is going to cost to build?

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    That's awesome traildoc. We would often bbq there and enjoy a few beers, however this was only a couple years ago. I Graduated from Acalanes in 05'. Thats too bad about your pictures being destroyed, i would love to see some old pics of the area.

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    going to campo now. i do know Forrest and thats halirous that you went to school with his mom.

    to bad about the pictures. I am now starting to like this place. when i was younger all i wanted to do was be somewhere else. Nowadays i enjoy exploring the hills and what not.

    Im not sure on the price, it might be on the website. were getting a bunch of donations from different groups, but could always use some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    going to campo now. i do know Forrest and thats halirous that you went to school with his mom.

    to bad about the pictures. I am now starting to like this place. when i was younger all i wanted to do was be somewhere else. Nowadays i enjoy exploring the hills and what not.

    Im not sure on the price, it might be on the website. were getting a bunch of donations from different groups, but could always use some more.
    Paint:

    Forrest claims that I took him on a ride about 15 years ago, when he was still in diapers, that totally changed his mountain biking perspective. I don't know if he was just trying to be nice to me because I went to school with his mom, but I do remember the ride he was talking about and it was pretty special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc
    Paint:

    Forrest claims that I took him on a ride about 15 years ago, when he was still in diapers, that totally changed his mountain biking perspective. I don't know if he was just trying to be nice to me because I went to school with his mom, but I do remember the ride he was talking about and it was pretty special.

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    well if you did, i give you many many thanks, that man is helping me in many ways and possible opening up doors for my future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    well if you did, i give you many many thanks, that man is helping me in many ways and possible opening up doors for my future.
    Ask him if he has ever done any special rides a Skeggs with some old guy who new his mom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc
    Ask him if he has ever done any special rides a Skeggs with some old guy who new his mom.
    will do

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballeerXC
    will do

    Paint:

    Haven't seen any posts lately on the bike park. Has any dirt been moved yet?

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    no moved dirt yet. waiting on enviromental impact studies and stuff. lame.

    if anyone wants to keep up with the info send a email to info@lafayettebikepark.com
    saying u want to be on the mailing list.

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    Any updates? I'll be in Lafayette for the weekend, but I'm reasonably sure if the EIRs were only being done 3 months ago there's nothing to ride yet

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