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    Trestle Bike SKILLS park in DENVER

    Opening July 23rd (tentative but very likely) is a 3 year project coming to fruition. Trestle Bike Skills Park at Barnum Park North is a 3 acre park that represents a partnership between the City of Denver and Winter Park Resort. This community based action sports park project gained momentum with Ruby Hill Rail Yard (winter terrain park) that began 5 years ago. This “summer equivalent” will be open year-around (weather permitting) and will provide an urban mountain biking experience to a diverse community and to the entire front range of Colorado. It is free to the public.

    The park was designed by Gravity Logic and constructed by professional rider John Cowan. It includes wooden features, slopestyle line, multiple jump lines and a pump track.

    Please respect the area until it is completely open.

    Wow, the above sounded really official… what I meant to say is – come out to the opening day and check out the awesomeness of Trestle Bike Skills Park! Here are some pictures of the work in progress…they are on FB and on trestlebikepark.com gallery...


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    Dude, this is pure awesomeness. As soon as WP closes for the season, I'll be there!
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    I got a tour on Wednesday. Mind=blown. Some of these lines are the real deal, and the possibility for transfers and variety are massive. Soooo stoked. Huge thanks to Denver Parks and Rec, Winter Park and Gravity Logic.
    I gotta admit, seeing Cowan push dirt around then test some of the lines left me a little star struck. I think a DJ bike just eclipsed a new CX bike in the future lineup.

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    i hate living in california sometimes....

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    This thing seemingly sprung up overnight. Makes me wonder why other parks (not Golden) have taken years to construct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopsalot View Post
    This thing seemingly sprung up overnight. Makes me wonder why other parks (not Golden) have taken years to construct.
    It wasn't overnight. This one was in the works before Golden got started, but there was some shifting of responsibilities that kept it from getting the green light for construction for a little while. At one point, Flowtron was the guy who was gonna be pushing the dirt.

    So a little more detail, FT - how's it compare to Valmont? And IE, when's our fieldtrip?
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    It's obvious alot of hard work and planning have going into this project. Drove by it today, can see the wood ramps from 6th Ave. I work super close, can't wait to ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopsalot View Post
    This thing seemingly sprung up overnight. Makes me wonder why other parks (not Golden) have taken years to construct.
    FWIW Here's an article in Westword from 2008.

    http://blogs.westword.com/latestword...uild_a_mou.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser View Post
    So a little more detail, FT - how's it compare to Valmont? And IE, when's our fieldtrip?
    I haven't made it to Valmont yet.

    But from what I've seen, Barnum is certainly smaller. The variety of lines is pretty awesome though. The potential for lots of transfer lines is great. The pumptrack at the bottom is kinda long and looks fast. They are planning on putting another, smaller pumptrack at the top as well.
    The Barnum project is said to be kind of a "proof of concept" park,. So if things go well there is the potential for more parks in Denver and maybe a biggun sometime in the future at Ruby Hill(or thats the dream, at least). It jives with what WP is doing with the Railyard there in the winter.
    Its been 3 years in the works, but since shovels actually hit dirt, its been built impressively fast. The city has built some infrastructure in there too. Irrigation, sidewalks, some picnic bench platforms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    I haven't made it to Valmont yet.

    But from what I've seen, Barnum is certainly smaller. The variety of lines is pretty awesome though. The potential for lots of transfer lines is great. The pumptrack at the bottom is kinda long and looks fast. They are planning on putting another, smaller pumptrack at the top as well.
    The Barnum project is said to be kind of a "proof of concept" park,. So if things go well there is the potential for more parks in Denver and maybe a biggun sometime in the future at Ruby Hill(or thats the dream, at least). It jives with what WP is doing with the Railyard there in the winter.
    Its been 3 years in the works, but since shovels actually hit dirt, its been built impressively fast. The city has built some infrastructure in there too. Irrigation, sidewalks, some picnic bench platforms.
    Whats the plan for maintenance/water?
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    Oh my God; AWESOME!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcik View Post
    Whats the plan for maintenance/water?
    Built in irrigation with spickets for hoses and a volly troop of 30 committed to maintain year around...and a fresh set of tools. Hell yeah. Good seeing you today Simcik!

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    I drove by last night. The place looks great.

    On the note of bike parks: Frisco's has 3 lines running. They were moving dirt for the pump track and dual slalom course, yesterday.

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    Sounds like the opening day on the 23rd for Barnum has been postponed. Rain delay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    Sounds like the opening day on the 23rd for Barnum has been postponed. Rain delay.
    Where did you get that info?

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    This is so awesome to have. Just think that we didn't have much 2 years ago other than some DJ's being maintained by a few locals. Now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    The Barnum project is said to be kind of a "proof of concept" park,. So if things go well there is the potential for more parks in Denver and maybe a biggun sometime in the future at Ruby Hill(or thats the dream, at least).
    Well, for what its worth, we're discussing adding in Pocket Bike Park elements in other parks with in Golden. Plans are hatched, we'll keep you up to date! Then we'll be expanding the GBP this fall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CombatMutt View Post
    Where did you get that info?
    Where does one get all their vital updates these days? The Facebook. Bike Denver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure View Post
    This is so awesome to have. Just think that we didn't have much 2 years ago other than some DJ's being maintained by a few locals. Now...
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    Its a good time to be a Mt biker in Colorado!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    Where does one get all their vital updates these days? The Facebook. Bike Denver.
    Ohhhhhh. I don't Facebook. Seriously.

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    Ran into a couple of the Trestle diggers at Valmont on Friday, Devin and (?), who had been at DBP digging in the heat. They said that the opening is supposed to be this Saturday. Can anyone confirm this? It would be great but I wouldn't think that they would pull people away from WP for the opening ceremony with Crankworx going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure View Post
    This is so awesome to have. Just think that we didn't have much 2 years ago other than some DJ's being maintained by a few locals. Now...
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    this needs a sticky with park info and directions

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    Ran into a couple of the Trestle diggers at Valmont on Friday, Devin and (?), who had been at DBP digging in the heat. They said that the opening is supposed to be this Saturday. Can anyone confirm this? It would be great but I wouldn't think that they would pull people away from WP for the opening ceremony with Crankworx going on.

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    I have heard it will rideable on Aug 1, but the grand opening will be the 6th. I haven't heard about this weekend.

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    Thanks flowtron. I will be gone this weekend so I hope the GO will be on the 6th so that I can attend with my kid. We are both excited to have another fun riding spot.

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    Anybody get up there today? I was gonna swing by tomorrow after work.

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    Anyone have any more info about it? I can read there are big lines, but is there kid friendly stuff like Valmont?
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    There are a couple little lines as well, from full on rollers to more table shapes. The park is built on a double fall-line so all the jump lines have a nice slope to them. It also allows for the small stuff to be built on the uphill side of things, then the jumps get bigger as you move downhill. This also allows for a lot of transfer lines...which is cool.

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    so is it open or what?

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    It is. Go ride it.....except not right now because it just rained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    There are a couple little lines as well, from full on rollers to more table shapes. The park is built on a double fall-line so all the jump lines have a nice slope to them. It also allows for the small stuff to be built on the uphill side of things, then the jumps get bigger as you move downhill. This also allows for a lot of transfer lines...which is cool.
    Thanks..

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    When I talk about jumps for 6yos, I'm talking about Canadian 6yos who drink the blood of Wade Simmons.

    joking. yes. there are little rollers and tables, but I honestly have no idea what a 6yo might be capable of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    It is. Go ride it.....except not right now because it just rained.
    Hurray! When did it open? Today (unofficially)?

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    any pics? I won't be able to ride it till after our back to school rush--so I need the stoke.
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    Just drove by it yesterday...still quite a few orange vested workers with machinery out there around 4:45 pm. Unless they finished last night, I can't see it being unofficially opened yet. I could be wrong though.

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    Drove by this AM and there are still landscapers moving about. Some of the rollers/tables need a bit of reworking due to bobcat tracks. Same with the pumptrack. The place is a bit muddy right now and there are tire tracks through some of the mud in the smaller lines.

    I don't like the way the fence line turns toward the small lines near the bottom (around the manhole) leaving little room for mistakes to the left of the rollers/tables. I guess the beginners will learn to stay right quickly.

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    It is open for riding. There is still some finishing work occurring for the grand opening, but the hope is to get some riders out there to get the lines ridden in. Friday morning we'll be painting the wood features and hoping they don't get tagged overnight.

    So go ride it! Now!

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    So flow,

    Does this mean that the Grand Opening will be this coming Saturday?

    I will do my part to get over there as often as possible between now and then.

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    Just rode it this afternoon, does need some serious packing in but the neighborhood kids are rolling all over the place so lets see what that does . The jump line really needs a berm or wall at the end, you end it going mach 5 going down hill towards a fence. Also the place has all kinds of baby head sized rocks, asphalt and other miscellaneous junk that needs to be picked up (someone threw their old car brake pads out there). Overall the place is pretty fun, I can't wait to see how it is once everything gets packed down and cleaned up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liqwid View Post
    Just rode it this afternoon, does need some serious packing in but the neighborhood kids are rolling all over the place so lets see what that does . The jump line really needs a berm or wall at the end, you end it going mach 5 going down hill towards a fence. Also the place has all kinds of baby head sized rocks, asphalt and other miscellaneous junk that needs to be picked up (someone threw their old car brake pads out there). Overall the place is pretty fun, I can't wait to see how it is once everything gets packed down and cleaned up.

    Nice!

    Yup, there will be a berm going in at the bottom of the line. Not sure exactly when, though.

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    Rode a bit this evening. It was a crazy scene with kids going up and down the smaller lines with no care in the world. Or crossing between jumps or on the backsides of the end jump. You need to be looking ahead when the place is busy with kid traffic. Fun time none the less.

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    Good time at the Grand Opening today with some very good riders airing it out and having fun. My kid had a blast and wanted to return later in the afternoon.

    Gearwhine, it was nice to meet you. Also good to see Scott T. and Flowtron. Thanks to all who made the bike park a reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH Dominator View Post

    wow, no helmets, on the local news, and repping MOJO....just one MORE reason why I will never support Mojo Wheels

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    Park was awesome, we went out there this weekend.
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    Hi all,

    Went today and it was awesome. Several kids (with no helmets!!) and two other adults made for pretty light attendance (probably to be expected on a weekday). The guys that were there were great and the course is super fun. There's definitely a little something for everyone. The course starts with three wooden features and then transitions into dirt jumps, with 5-6 jumps per line. There also is a pump track at the bottom. I appreciated how it didn't take a huge amount of energy to get back to the top of the course.

    The Denver Parks and Rec. manager for the park, John Martinez, stopped by and said he was going to move the first wall a bit closer to 6th Ave. to improve the line. He seems to be pretty into getting user feedback. He also was there taking a picture of some tagging that needed to be cleaned up on the backside of the first wall.

    I took some pics of the park/riders which can be viewed on my website. Can't post the link here, though, because I have less than 10 posts. The site is called The Good Life Denver. For now try googling it, and perhaps someone with more than 10 posts will put up the link here to make it easier for others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Good Life Denver View Post
    Hi all,

    Went today and it was awesome. Several kids (with no helmets!!) and two other adults made for pretty light attendance (probably to be expected on a weekday). The guys that were there were great and the course is super fun. There's definitely a little something for everyone. The course starts with three wooden features and then transitions into dirt jumps, with 5-6 jumps per line. There also is a pump track at the bottom. I appreciated how it didn't take a huge amount of energy to get back to the top of the course.

    The Denver Parks and Rec. manager for the park, John Martinez, stopped by and said he was going to move the first wall a bit closer to 6th Ave. to improve the line. He seems to be pretty into getting user feedback. He also was there taking a picture of some tagging that needed to be cleaned up on the backside of the first wall.

    I took some pics of the park/riders which can be viewed on my website. Can't post the link here, though, because I have less than 10 posts. The site is called The Good Life Denver. For now try googling it, and perhaps someone with more than 10 posts will put up the link here to make it easier for others.

    Enjoy!

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    trolls, helmet trolls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Good Life Denver View Post
    Several kids (with no helmets!!)
    It was said at the Grand Opening that upwards of 250 helmets would be handed out over the next few weeks to local kids who don't have or cannot afford to get their own. I believe that this will be done by Trestle BP and The City of Denver or Denver Parks and Rec.

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    So, what time in the AM is the "adult session" going to start happening?

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    Adult swim will likely be occurring around 8am, but we haven't decided on which days. Probably Tues, or weds and/or friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowtron View Post
    Adult swim will likely be occurring around 8am, but we haven't decided on which days. Probably Tues, or weds and/or friday.
    There's room in the pump track for an above-ground pool...

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    Went this afternoon, had a great time. WAY too many people without helmets and a lot of clueless kids standing around in bad places, but overall very fun. Stuck to the medium doubles and the SS line for the most part. Glad to see some dudes getting after it on the big lines. I went mostly for the pump track, but it was pretty chewed up and loose. Seemed like it could benefit from some more watering and packing things down.

    I'll be back for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grabtindy View Post
    Went this afternoon, had a great time. WAY too many people without helmets and a lot of clueless kids standing around in bad places, but overall very fun. Stuck to the medium doubles and the SS line for the most part. Glad to see some dudes getting after it on the big lines. I went mostly for the pump track, but it was pretty chewed up and loose. Seemed like it could benefit from some more watering and packing things down.

    I'll be back for sure.
    Water for sure, I know TrestleBP said it's going to be there and it needs it.

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    Are there any more pics or vids?

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    man if they do not get some water there soon it is going to take a lot of work to get it back! that place is falling apart fast. Had a lot of fun there this morning but the pumptrack is almost wasted, and might be a sign of things to come for the rest of the jumps.

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    I know some folks who are watering and digging. I'm just not sure when they're up there; Wed. and/or Thur.?

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    The last two mornings the place has been a mud pit with good sized puddles in front of jumps and ruts forming from the water crossing the lines escaping. It was even too muddy to work on the jumps as you would make big tracks from walking on it.

    Watering good, over watering bad.

    Flowtron, can you maybe talk with DPR peeps and have them back off the duration of watering so that it doesn't get that muddy?

    The pump track was in much better shape except for the one spot where water had pooled and kids rode through it. Same with the small gap line. I didn't go to the wood line but heard it was quite muddy up there and had been tracked up as well.

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    It did rain a bit last night, but I don't know about Monday am. I don't think anyone watered last night b/c there was a volunteer meeting.
    Its possible someone hit it this morning though before you got there.

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    Definately more than rain since the dirt walkway toward the start of the jump line was dry. The sprinklers came on the wooden feature side jumps last evening while I was there so I know that they are now using the sprinklers. I got there just after 7:30 so I don't think that anyone had been there to water it down that much.
    Like I said before, this is a good thing, they just need to dial back the duration of the sprinklers being on so things don't get too muddy and puddled. If it hadn't been so muddy I would have gladly done some maintenance work to the smaller line that gets used by the kids the most but it was too wet for even that.

    Thanks for the info though, Flowtron, can you also post up a link for the volunteers? I couldn't find it after speaking with Nick a couple weeks ago.

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    It'd be nice if the sprinklers didn't go off every evening at 6:30pm when everyone shows up to ride after work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven_Dukes View Post
    It'd be nice if the sprinklers didn't go off every evening at 6:30pm when everyone shows up to ride after work.
    I second that. Had that happen last Sunday, first time there.

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    Liqwid, thanks for the link.

    I'm a bit bummed now since I was hoping to get some before work jumping in and the last 5 times I have shown up early it has been too muddy to do anything but drive to the skatepark and ride there. Oh well, time for a new plan I guess.

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    Anyone been out lately? I went by this morning again and it was mud. The large line looks to need some work (good size chunks have fallen out of the face of the 3rd and 4th jumps). I would have done some but it was too muddy to work before going to the job. I probably would have made other spots worse with foot prints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    Anyone been out lately? I went by this morning again and it was mud. The large line looks to need some work (good size chunks have fallen out of the face of the 3rd and 4th jumps). I would have done some but it was too muddy to work before going to the job. I probably would have made other spots worse with foot prints.

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    I was out there mid day yesterday and it wasn't too bad. Place certainly needs some help. I know there's supposed to be a shed out there eventually with tools/hoses so that will make it easier. Someone needs to work with the city to get the watering issue resolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by liqwid View Post
    Someone needs to work with the city to get the watering issue resolved.
    +1

    I think most of the tools and hose are being stored at Salvagetti right now. Yeah, it's not bad yet but the big "holes" in the large line faces are what concern me. Had it not been that muddy this AM I would have filled/smoothed them.

    Liqwid, do you get out there often for lunch? I can make it out there some days depending on the work load. I'm hoping to go for a little while around 4:30 this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    +1

    I think most of the tools and hose are being stored at Salvagetti right now. Yeah, it's not bad yet but the big "holes" in the large line faces are what concern me. Had it not been that muddy this AM I would have filled/smoothed them.

    Liqwid, do you get out there often for lunch? I can make it out there some days depending on the work load. I'm hoping to go for a little while around 4:30 this evening.

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    It's pretty random when I get to make it out there but mid day is usually the best time for me to be able to get away. I've burnt up my free time for the day today already but if you want to meet up next week feel free to shoot me a pm.

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    Dang, half the park was still mud this evening when I went, even after the heat of the day. Kids riding through the mud. Some understood when I asked them to not ride or walk in it and some did not. They REALLY need to get the watering sorted out.

    Thanks to Gene(?) for killing a bunch of the goathead plants with his hoe. Great example of a parent working to make the park better for everyone.

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    Stopped by Tues, and looked like it might be fun if it's ever not muddy. IMO, more signs are needed about staying off when it's wet, and something directing you towards where to park would be nice, too.
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    So is there a drainage problem w/ the design of the park or is it just the sprinklers are over doing it due to the rain?

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    Yeah dbabuser, the place is fun. Yes, signage would help inform the locals who don't know any better.

    Pau11y, everything drains across the jump lines so yes that is a bit of a problem. The biggest problem is overwatering with the sprinklers.

    I just got an email back from DPR and they say they are aware of the issue, are working on a solution, and hope to have it addressed soon. Yah DPR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    So is there a drainage problem w/ the design of the park or is it just the sprinklers are over doing it due to the rain?
    Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    I just got an email back from DPR and they say they are aware of the issue, are working on a solution, and hope to have it addressed soon. Yah DPR!

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    Right on man, thanks for taking the initiative

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    RAD!, took a quick lunch break at the park and ended up chatting with John Cowan for a bit. He even took my bike through the berm/squirrel catcher/big line to test it out. He is out to make a couple changes, mainly to the upper wood section from the sounds of it but also some dirt will be moved.

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    Yup. He just stopped by to grab the water key. It'll be cool to see what it looks like next week.

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    We left at the same time. Had I not had to come back to work I would have hand delivered him to you just to say "Hello".

    When are you coming out Flowtron?

    I see Nick on Wednesdays when he shows to ride a bit then do maintenance. Unfortunately I haven't been able to dig with them since I have to leave early to go to school on that day. Always a good session when those fellas show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    RAD!, took a quick lunch break at the park and ended up chatting with John Cowan for a bit. He even took my bike through the berm/squirrel catcher/big line to test it out. He is out to make a couple changes, mainly to the upper wood section from the sounds of it but also some dirt will be moved.

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    Awesome! Was hoping there was more to come. Is there an end berm / quarterpipe yet? I still haven't had a chance to properly test it out, but finally did get some runs in with my daughter a week or so ago. She digs it, and I could foresee this being the place where she figures out how to jump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    RAD!, took a quick lunch break at the park and ended up chatting with John Cowan for a bit. He even took my bike through the berm/squirrel catcher/big line to test it out. He is out to make a couple changes, mainly to the upper wood section from the sounds of it but also some dirt will be moved.

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    Ha! So that was Cowan I saw there yesterday. I wondered (he was working, not riding),

    To the helmet trolls - I'll let the little Mexican kid I talked to yesterday, the one riding a 20 year old Huffy in clapped out vinyl dress shoes, know that he needs to go buy a helmet so he can appease the riders of $4k bikes on MTBR next time I see him.

    Good stuff, it's great to have options for riding. Better still that the local kids have access to something so cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser View Post
    Awesome! Was hoping there was more to come. Is there an end berm / quarterpipe yet? I still haven't had a chance to properly test it out, but finally did get some runs in with my daughter a week or so ago. She digs it, and I could foresee this being the place where she figures out how to jump.
    No there isn't anything at the end yet and according to John there won't be. He was saying that the area is actually a calculated 100 year flood plain so he can't do anything below the last jumps. I can't see any severe flooding happening through there so maybe the minds of DPR can be changed. Later in the evening when I went to jump some more John was at the top working on a smaller kids pumptrack.

    I can see your daughter learning to jump there and quickly surpassing dad. I assume she is getting above coping now by the way she was riding a couple months ago when I saw you both at the skatepark.

    A few weeks ago my 8yr old was jumping the left tabletop line then moved over to the small gap line and cleared the first gap several times. That was the day that I had to move over to the large line. And the large line is soo much more fun.

    Hope to see you out there some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla View Post
    Good stuff, it's great to have options for riding. Better still that the local kids have access to something so cool.
    Ya, and a bunch of those kids are pretty cool and ask some decent questions. I have seen some of them progressing in their bike handling skills over the last couple months. That has been pretty cool to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    Ya, and a bunch of those kids are pretty cool and ask some decent questions. I have seen some of them progressing in their bike handling skills over the last couple months. That has been pretty cool to watch.

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    They're very cool, one of them - maybe 12 or so - started talking to me and within 10 minutes or so he had me judging a jumping contest between him and his friend to see who got the most air. I'm not usually a fan of other people's kids but they were so cool and were having such a great time that it was really pretty fun riding with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla View Post
    To the helmet trolls - I'll let the little Mexican kid I talked to yesterday, the one riding a 20 year old Huffy in clapped out vinyl dress shoes, know that he needs to go buy a helmet so he can appease the riders of $4k bikes on MTBR next time I see him.
    I guess I am one of those helmet trolls. You never need a helmet until you crash hard and scramble your brain.
    But I do understand your point. Isn't there some sort of urban bike charity that we can get these sorts of kids helmets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CombatMutt View Post
    I guess I am one of those helmet trolls. You never need a helmet until you crash hard and scramble your brain.
    But I do understand your point. Isn't there some sort of urban bike charity that we can get these sorts of kids helmets?
    Like I said in post #50, I heard at the Grand Opening that they were going to be giving away a bunch of helmets to the locals who couldn't afford them. Maybe check with DPR and "remind" them of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    Like I said in post #50, I heard at the Grand Opening that they were going to be giving away a bunch of helmets to the locals who couldn't afford them. Maybe check with DPR and "remind" them of this.

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    I know that Team Evergreen used to buy helmets to give away to kids. I don't know if they still do this, but with all the money they have socked away it would be a great charitable thing to do. They always seem to wait until someone asks, this is a chance to do it without anyone asking.

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    Great idea schnauzers, I will check with DPR first to see what they have to say and if that doesn't pan out I will check with TE.

    Hit the park for a little while this afternoon with my boy. We talked with John again who was just finishing up with shaping the "kiddie pumptrack" for 20" and smaller wheels. It will be cool for the little ones. My kid got to ride it but it is very soft right now.

    When we left John and Jason were building up the lip on the upper wall ride. John didn't have his bike so he tested it on mine joking that my bike was used for all his testing while out on this trip. He exited the wallride around 6' up off the end and came back up saying that the lip was a bit flat, it didn't get him to the top for the exit. Very cool and informative guy, I enjoyed our conversations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CombatMutt View Post
    I guess I am one of those helmet trolls. You never need a helmet until you crash hard and scramble your brain.
    But I do understand your point. Isn't there some sort of urban bike charity that we can get these sorts of kids helmets?
    Good question - I'd happily donate to such a cause if so.

    Helmets are always a good idea, it was just obvious that the parents of many of the kids there don't have much in the way of resources. I'd imagine that food and electricity win out over most non-essentials.
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    from DPR when I asked about helmets for the local kids:

    Hi Derek,

    Yes those are on order and unfortunately taking a lot longer than we hoped to get in. we hope to have them in by November.

    Angela Casias

    Good to see that DPR is actively working with/for the bike park. John C. out making an additional PT for the kiddies, helmets are on order, volunteers working on the jumps. Good times had by all.

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    I would donate to a charity for helmets for kids. Even hand them out to kids at the bike park who don't have them.
    You have just been mentally Rick Roll'd. Yup you're thinking about it right now aren't you? Don't fight it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithnu View Post
    I would donate to a charity for helmets for kids. Even hand them out to kids at the bike park who don't have them.
    Finally remembered the TE charity. It was DriveSmart

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    Unless the park is over run with kids, then it's better to have a population thinning method...
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    I checked out the park last week. Fun, Fun, Fun. I scared myself a few times and that wasn't even on the middle pro lines.

    Thanks Trestle and Denver.

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    Stopped by yesterday afternoon hoping things had dried out, but no such luck. The smaller 2 jump lines will probably need some work after all that moisture, but the bigger lines look perfect still.

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    Got to the park yesterday and Nick from Salvagetti was just finishing up working on some of the jumps. We rode for a bit and the big line(s) are way smoother than before and lots of fun.

    Nick has some great ideas for making the park more progressive/better and plans to have a build day later this month. Come out and help make the park even better after he posts up the date.

    Thanks Nick!

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    BTW, The whole park is dry now. I should be out this evening to play before dark..

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    Quote Originally Posted by inkaholic View Post
    Got to the park yesterday and Nick from Salvagetti was just finishing up working on some of the jumps. We rode for a bit and the big line(s) are way smoother than before and lots of fun.

    Nick has some great ideas for making the park more progressive/better and plans to have a build day later this month. Come out and help make the park even better after he posts up the date.

    Thanks Nick!

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    BTW, The whole park is dry now. I should be out this evening to play before dark..
    Maybe I'll stop by after work today? How are the small/medium lines for guys still learning how to jump? I've gotten to the point where I'm comfortable on medium-sized drops and step-downs, but step-ups and jumps that kick you straight up and high into the air I'm still working on. Is the crowd that hangs out there pretty cool? I've found at some of the other bike parks, sometimes the hardcore guys aren't very cool to people trying to learn. I don't ever want to be a hardcore dirt jumper. I'm just trying to get in more air time practice on my freeride bike so I'm better on trails like Rainmaker and such for next season.

    I'm almost 30 and I started jumping way too late in my life. I'm finding it's a lot of fun, but I wish I would have started when I was young and fearless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1 View Post
    Maybe I'll stop by after work today? How are the small/medium lines for guys still learning how to jump? I've gotten to the point where I'm comfortable on medium-sized drops and step-downs, but step-ups and jumps that kick you straight up and high into the air I'm still working on. Is the crowd that hangs out there pretty cool? I've found at some of the other bike parks, sometimes the hardcore guys aren't very cool to people trying to learn. I don't ever want to be a hardcore dirt jumper. I'm just trying to get in more air time practice on my freeride bike so I'm better on trails like Rainmaker and such for next season.

    I'm almost 30 and I started jumping way too late in my life. I'm finding it's a lot of fun, but I wish I would have started when I was young and fearless.
    I'm also 30 and just learning to jump in the last 2 year. Trestle is pretty mellow generally. The slopestyle jumps and the jump line 2nd from teh left are good learning jumps. The slopestyle jumps are all tables, but a few have decently steep take offs. The small-ish (but not smallest) DJ line has doubles, tables, a step-up and a step-down. That's where I spend most of my time.

    I've never seen it get to bro'd out there. There's dudes who are really good, but I've never heard anybody talking ****. Biggest issues I've seen are kids who don't know not to hang out on the jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grabtindy View Post
    I'm also 30 and just learning to jump in the last 2 year. Trestle is pretty mellow generally. The slopestyle jumps and the jump line 2nd from teh left are good learning jumps. The slopestyle jumps are all tables, but a few have decently steep take offs. The small-ish (but not smallest) DJ line has doubles, tables, a step-up and a step-down. That's where I spend most of my time.

    I've never seen it get to bro'd out there. There's dudes who are really good, but I've never heard anybody talking ****. Biggest issues I've seen are kids who don't know not to hang out on the jumps.
    Well if you ever want to go hit up the jumps sometime, let me know. Thanks for the info.
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    I second what Grabtindy said as far as the jumps and the folks at the park goes, just not the age part. TBSP doesn't really have a "hardcore" group of locals and those that do show up have been really supportive and encouraging in helping me move over to the large line.

    As far as the kids go, I haven't run into any who weren't cool when asked not to hang out on the jumps or ride them the wrong direction. It would be good if DPR made some signs informing folks of "trail ettiquete" though.

    I will be out till about 6pm so come on out and I will help you if I can. I'm the old guy on a white/splattered Spec p1 wearing a Kali lid.

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    Didn't get to make it out last night. Got stuck at work. Planning on checking it out Saturday morning perhaps.
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