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    Freeride Park Planning Meeting - Colorado Springs

    Redrock Canyon Open Space's first planning session for the hard won Freeride space...

    The Freeride area has already been approved and set aside - it's not a huge area, but it is a HUGE start for publicly supported and approved freeride stunts! Ready to start building some great Northshore skinnies, teeters, drops and jumps right here in Colorado Springs and do it LEGALLY!?!?

    Saturday October 9, 2004
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Bristol Brewing Company
    1647 S. Tejon
    Colorado Springs, CO

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    please RSVP to Medwheeljo@aol.com or Josho@bristolbrewing.com
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    Fort Collins could use a freeride area too.

    That's great. Maybe the process of getting freeride space could be be a model for pursuing it in Fort Collins. How did this come about?

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    A long story that we've been working on here for quite some time (about 1.5 years).

    bikeCOLORADO and Colorado Springs BOMB has been working with Medicine Wheel (a local advocacy group) for about 4 years now doing trail maintenance and working Mountain Bike Advocacy issues. The Colorado Springs Trails and Open Space Coalition bought nearly 800 acres of property just west of downtown Colorado Springs. The space is a sweet and very diverse area, kinda like Garden of the Gods - but much more diverse and more suited to trails.

    One the property was purchased the open space coalition began with planning meetings open to the public - we pulled as many bikers into the meetings as possible and through the process described what "Freeriding" was to the collective planning committee. We used the interactions to let all the hikers and equestrians (and some rock climbers) see that we were just as interested in responsible trail building, environmental conservation and sharing the space as everyone else was. Keep in mind the planning committee was 100% public participants interested in a vast array of activities from biking to hiking to horse riding, etc.

    We simply worked the process...using diplomacy, maturity and a lot of patience. It is paying off big time. The "freeride" area is not very big, but it is a definite and very positive first step in the right direction. Next goal is a fully approved trail system set aside as a more extreme riding area...and with stunts on open space or forrest service land.

    I think the big keys are lots of patience, diplomacy and maturity.
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    Thanks, Keith for helping lay the groundwork to get this done. I look forward to meeting you at some point during this project. What an awesome opportunity. The planning meeting went well. Ball is starting to roll. Some were talking about doing a 'field-trip' or two as research to see what the group would like to incorporate as design ideas.

    This isn't going to happen overnight, but there was a lot of good energy at the meeting. Still plenty of opportunity to get involved for anyone who is interested.
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