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    ATTN SLC RIDERS! Save I-Street!

    UPDATE -
    You can submit your support of I Street to the email address parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.

    For the past few years WAFTA has been working with Salt Lake City on a project to preserve I Street. As most of you are aware of, the I Street jumps are an unofficial site with no guarantee of future protection. The land that I Street sits on is owned by the Public Utilities department and is slated as a site for more water tanks and pump houses for the ever growing water demands of the Salt Lake Valley.

    Now, of course, none of you want that to happen right?

    So here's the deal. WAFTA has been lighting up phone lines and blowing out email inboxes at the city for a good while now and as of last fall we delivered a formal proposal to the SLC parks department. This brings us to the official start of the public process to designate I Street as an official park. This process is ALSO to consider dedicating more public lands and resources in SLC to downhill, freeride, dirtjump, and pump track type features.

    If you ride I Street, YOU need to be involved
    If you'd like to ride I Street, YOU need to be involved
    If you wish the features at I Street were bigger/smaller/better/scarier/friendlier
    If you'd like something like I Street in your neighborhood of SLC, YOU need to be involved

    Salt Lake City is giving the DH/FR community an opportunity to not only save I Street but create a plan for the future. It is critically important that everyone understand that a couple of WAFTA voices can not make this happen. We need ever rider involved! This is not an everyday opportunity, please get involved and make sure your voice is heard!!!


    How do YOU get involved??
    May 14-18 Wed 10AM-4PM, Thurs 10AM-6PM, Fri 10AM-1PM: Location SLC Main Library on 400S: A jump park proposal board on display showing what we have today and what we'd like in the future. The purpose of this board is to gather input and brainstorm with citizens (YOU!!) on what kind of jump park infrastructure SLC needs. The city will be collecting suggestions on comment cards.

    June 21st: Location TBD, SLC will host an open house to gather citizen (YOU!!) input in an open discussion forum.

    June 29th - Meeting at I Street to discuss the future. We'll need EVERY rider in the area needs to turn out for this!!!

    There are more dates TBD in the July thru October time frame to continue planning. Those dates will be posted as they become available.
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    I really like how the Canyons thread has 163 replies and this one has (until now) zero. If riders want public bike parks that aren't about making a profit, this is where you make it happen!

    Thanks for the hard work on this Err, you know I'll be there.

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    Subscribed. I'm in all the way.
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    I'm in and I'll talk to others about it.

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    Going to do all I can to spread the word and will plan to attend all the events if possible, this could be a HUGE opportunity to further riding options in the immediate SLC area. I keep picturing Valmont Bike Park in SLC and can't even fathom how awesome that would be. Hopefully those meetings in June will be evening hours, if not I'll try ot get out of work if at all possible to be there.
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    Thanks for jumping in guys. The importance of having every rider in SLC involved can not be overstated. Time to make our voice heard. These opportunities do not come along every day.

    I'm also speaking to those riders who do have an interest in jump parks but don't regularly ride I Street because it doesn't quite suit their style. Perhaps you'd like to see a line of tables or a pump track? Jump in here and let us know. Now is the time to make a case for the resources to make these things happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit View Post
    I really like how the Canyons thread has 163 replies and this one has (until now) zero. If riders want public bike parks that aren't about making a profit, this is where you make it happen!

    Thanks for the hard work on this Err, you know I'll be there.

    Yep - this is where the hard work gets done. Setting the precedent that MTB is a priority will benefit ALL riders, not just jumpers. If we want to contribute to planning we have to show that we are engaged. Nice work, Toni.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Err View Post
    Thanks for jumping in guys. The importance of having every rider in SLC involved can not be overstated. Time to make our voice heard. These opportunities do not come along every day.

    I'm also speaking to those riders who do have an interest in jump parks but don't regularly ride I Street because it doesn't quite suit their style. Perhaps you'd like to see a line of tables or a pump track? Jump in here and let us know. Now is the time to make a case for the resources to make these things happen!
    For sure man, I honestly haven't been up to I-Street in several years because I've felt like it's a bit over my head and that it's not a great place to be riding solo which I am most of the time. I still understand how valuable that place is to our riding community and that this opportunity to be heard could be muh bigger than just I-Street if we can show up as a united group and represent ourselves well. I'd love to have less excuse to drive up to PC every chance I have to ride! I think I'll make a printout of those dates to put in my pack or input them in my phone so I have something to refer to when spreading the word on the trail. Maybe I'll sound like a shill but word needs to get out to as many people as possible.
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    Thanks for the hard work! I have to be there because my 7 yr old will kick my arse if he can't ride there anymore. As much I/we need places like this to ride, I keep looking into the future hoping my boys will have an I Street, Valmont or any other public bike park.
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    Subscribed. Is this proposal board at the library something just to show what WAFTA has proposed? Or will there be a suggestion section too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeywrenchMoose View Post
    Subscribed. Is this proposal board at the library something just to show what WAFTA has proposed? Or will there be a suggestion section too?
    I believe there will be an opportunity to make suggestions. I'm trying to get more details on the format. I'll post up when I hear back.

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    Count me in for any support that I can offer (via letters, emails, etc.). Though I am not living in UT currently, I will be back and would love to have a legitimate public bike park to enjoy. The loss of I street would be a loss to the entire SLC riding community.

    Thanks for everyone's work on this.

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    Will plan on being there. Love I street and would be really disappointed to see it go.

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    Err - thanks again and count me in, even though most of that stuff is beyond my skills. :-)

    I'm not sure if it's just me and monkeywrenchMoose but I'm also not really sure about the things that are happening at the Library. Is it a couple poster boards that show what is/could be? And a place where we could comment on what is presented, make suggestions, show support, etc? Do you needs us to make the effort to not only get down there and do that AND be at the meetings? Which option (meetings or the library stuff) would be more important to attend for people who might have limited time?

    I'm sure you're hitting up the powers that be with those questions and more. Looking forward to hearing about this. I'm subscribed!

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    Count me in as planning to attend every event I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheProf View Post
    Err - thanks again and count me in, even though most of that stuff is beyond my skills. :-)

    I'm not sure if it's just me and monkeywrenchMoose but I'm also not really sure about the things that are happening at the Library. Is it a couple poster boards that show what is/could be? And a place where we could comment on what is presented, make suggestions, show support, etc? Do you needs us to make the effort to not only get down there and do that AND be at the meetings? Which option (meetings or the library stuff) would be more important to attend for people who might have limited time?

    I'm sure you're hitting up the powers that be with those questions and more. Looking forward to hearing about this. I'm subscribed!

    I'm trying to get clarification from the City on the board at the library but it's my impression that it will be a poster depicting the proposal to make I Street an official park and identify some other possible jump park locations. I believe the idea is for it to be up all week so that people can swing by briefly, at their convenience and drop a written suggestion in a box. It would be great if people could just take a few minutes next week to pop in there and show some support. Certainly though, the turnout for the actual meetings will probably make a bigger impact overall. Keep your calendars clear on June 21st and June 29th!

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    Don't really ride there because I'm a bit of a wuss but if they make a legitimate and protected bike use area then I don't care if it's full of 50' doubles with pikes between them; it's worth fighting for.
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    Like a few here I'm kind of a old fart but I do understand how important is to support the community, so count me in for the meetings.

    So where is I street (we move here not long ago)...!?!?

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    Awesome. Ready to help.

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    Such a great riding spot in SLC, would be a shame to lose it.

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    Cool, just moved here but will help out any way I can.

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    thanks for putting this together...I street is a fun place, will have to make a stop by the library

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    I just posted an update to the original post but wanted to make sure everyone sees this

    - You can submit your support of I Street to the email address parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.

    - Just to clarify on the board at the library. This will be an interactive display up from 10 AM to 5 PM Mon - Friday this week at the Main Public Library on 400 S. Suggestions will be taken on comment cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Err View Post
    I just posted an update to the original post but wanted to make sure everyone sees this

    - You can submit your support of I Street to the email address parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.

    - Just to clarify on the board at the library. This will be an interactive display up from 10 AM to 5 PM Mon - Friday this week at the Main Public Library on 400 S. Suggestions will be taken on comment cards.
    Doh, 10-5? Do they think we're all unemployed? I'll see if I can work it to get out of Ogden during the day to comment but might be stuck emailing the parks department. If anyone can get down there to check it out post up some photos if possible, I'd like to see what's being presented for some talking points when I email.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by catch22 View Post
    Doh, 10-5? Do they think we're all unemployed? I'll see if I can work it to get out of Ogden during the day to comment but might be stuck emailing the parks department.
    Actually just got another update which will make you happier

    Monday - Board will not be up, sorry for the confusion
    Tuesday & Wed - 10 am to 4 pm
    Thursday - 10 am to 6 pm
    Friday - 10 am to 1 pm


    If you can't make it to the library, email your comments to parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Err View Post
    Actually just got another update which will make you happier

    Monday - Board will not be up, sorry for the confusion
    Tuesday & Wed - 10 am to 4 pm
    Thursday - 10 am to 6 pm
    Friday - 10 am to 1 pm


    If you can't make it to the library, email your comments to parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.
    I'll be driving home a bit faster than usual Thurday to see if I can get there before 6, thanks for the update!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Err View Post
    Actually just got another update which will make you happier

    Monday - Board will not be up, sorry for the confusion
    Tuesday & Wed - 10 am to 4 pmThursday - 10 am to 6 pm
    Friday - 10 am to 1 pm


    If you can't make it to the library, email your comments to parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.
    I stopped in this morning and waited until 10:20... no one showed up to man the booth. I had to leave to get to other engagements. Bummer. Guess I'll email instead unless I can find another chance to head back down.


    edit: I sent and email in favor of supporting I Street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Err View Post
    If you can't make it to the library, email your comments to parks@slcgov.com. Please put "I Street Jump Park" in the subject line to make the emails easy to find.
    I did this and even attempted to make it sound professional. Thanks for your efforts Toni!

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    Thanks for jumping on this guys. I'm not sure what's up at the library, I'll try to find out.

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    Email sent.

    Even if you plan on stopping by one of the public forums or the library display, I would encourage you to also send an email. It doesn't have to be much more than, "I support the I Street jump park" but the additional email traffic certainly won't hurt things.
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    I just heard that the board is up but that there are no comment cards at the moment. In which case, I recommend that everyone send an email.

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    Bump just to keep this on top of the UT forum.

    Seriously, take 5 minutes to send these guys an email - even if all you write is "I support the efforts to preserve and legitimize I Street as a jump park".

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    Err pm me with your email I may possibly have a contact to help. Not sure if it will help or not but it might. I cant pm you because of my low post count.

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    I went down to the library and got some pics of the boards that are up. I figured those who didn't have a chance to make it down might want to see the display.






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    Good post!

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    One of our facebook friends just shared this Salt Lake City website as well. It has same information that was posted on the boards at the library.

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    I went down to the library at lunch and saw a couple other people there checking out the display. It was kind of a junkshow honestly. Hard to find, and the woman manning the booth had no idea about the project. Her only mission in life was apparently to get people to take a marker in a pretty color and write on a giant sheet of paper "why you love Salt Lake!" Ugh.

    Anyway, I wrote down some support comments on a sheet of paper and she said she'd give it to the person in charge of the I Street project. Will of course be submitting comments via email as well.

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    Email sent. Fingers crossed. Really hoping this has a happy ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit View Post
    Her only mission in life was apparently to get people to take a marker in a pretty color and write on a giant sheet of paper "why you love Salt Lake!" Ugh.
    She was rather insistent, wasn't she.

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    " width="549">

    All the important details from the first post in this thread are up at the I street parking and also taped on the starting point garbage can. Please spread the word to other riders and direct them to these flyers to get dates and email addresses so that everyone can chip in and support.

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    Email sent.

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    email sent!!

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    Bump. If anyone would like a PDF of this to post somewhere helpful... PM me.

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    Got a message back from the SLC parks guys - I'm sure others are getting the same. Anyway, here's what they wrote:

    Thank you for your input regarding the I Street Bike Jumps. Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands values your involvement and your opinion on this issue. Below is a timeline of the upcoming planning phases.

    JUNE 21: Planning open house - input, brainstorming, and current issues
    JUNE 29: On site stakeholder meeting and cleanup at I-Street Jumps
    SEPTEMBER 20: Planning Open House - present concepts
    AUGUST: Stakeholder meetings, identify appropriate locations develop conceptual ideas and alternatives
    JULY: Analyze Open House input & solicit additional input
    OCTOBER 18: Planning Open House - present revised conceptual ideas and get input

    For additional information on this and other current projects, please refer to the following website:
    Parks & Public Lands | Salt Lake City - The Official City Government Website
    From here, click on the “Current Projects” link. You may also post public feedback by opening a project under “Current Items of Interest,” and clicking on the “online feedback form” link at the bottom of the selected project. The “online feedback form” link can also be accessed in the “Did you know” section of the site.

    Please feel free to contact us with any other comments or concerns.

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    ^^^Thanks for sharing.



    One thing to note that is different from the information above:
    Cleanup at I-Street jumps is going to be JUNE 9TH from 8:00am to noon.

    There will still be the meeting at I-Street on the 29th that everyone should attend; but, the cleanup day is not the same day.

    Cleanup - 9th
    Meeting - 29th

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    Bump for people subscribed to this thread!


    The city is holding a meeting to give the public a chance to comment on I Street on Thursday, 6/21 from
    4-6:00 PM at the Day-Riverside Library.

    The library is located at 1575 West 1000 North. Near the intersection of 1000N and Redwood Rd.

    Please come out and show your support!!

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    Bump for those subscribed to this thread -

    Ok guys, this is the big one. City officials will be on site at I Street. This is your opportunity to show up and support the preservation of I Street and the plan to create more jump parks around SLC.

    Meeting Time is 4-6 PM, this Friday, June 29th.

    If you can't make the whole meeting, don't worry, just show up when you can. I'm sure there will be a killer ride session going down after the meeting.

    Be there!

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    Just saw this article in The Agenda, which is mailed to every house in the Avenues. They are really painting I Street in a bad light and trying to scare the community into action against the park. What pissed me off is the lack of credit given to the bike community for the cleanup. They make it sound like a bunch of degenerate hooligans building out of control daredevil stunts. "Beer parties"? Really?

    All I know is that I don't know nothin'... and that's fine.

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