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« on: March 29, 2015, 09:41:07 AM »
Yes. Although it wasn't plywood. There is a cache of red oak slab lumber that I milled from a downed tree near the rock garden. These are large, heavy planks, and the limestone blocks that were used are likewise difficult to move. It took a couple of people to set it up.

In any case, please keep an eye out for this kind of stuff and post up if you see something being built that doesn't look official. (And those lumber caches are for boardwalks, not technical features.)

« on: January 08, 2015, 11:36:26 AM »
Good question, Adam. I know it seems odd. It's a literal reading of IMBA spec and has to do with its height. I know it's easy to ride, but the consequences of falling are higher.

« on: January 07, 2015, 03:52:39 PM »
Continued construction of unauthorized technical features jeopardizes the existence of the entire Skills Area.

The latest jump construction was dangerous and obviously the work of more than one person. If you want to get involved, do so through channels (post up here or PM me) or the properly constructed Black Diamond features will disappear.

Spread the word.

Wapehani / Re: Wapehani Trail Conditions
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:10:52 AM »
The blue status light means that we're entering freeze-thaw conditions. The trails are most vulnerable to long-term damage this time of year and then again during the spring thaw. See this post for more information.

Please: only use the trails when they are frozen over the winter. If you ride, run, or hike when the tread is thawed you will create ruts and mudholes.

This weekend, for example, would be a very bad time to ride. Yes, it will be warmer, but that means the tread that has been frozen all week will turn to peanut butter. Get your ride on this morning while it's still cold.

Wapehani / Re: Work Day 11/15
« on: November 15, 2014, 10:03:03 AM »
Allen, do you think you could chalk/flour the route for latecomers?

Wapehani / Re: Work Day 11/15
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:38:50 AM »
Come on out and dig in the dirt with us this afternoon! I've got about 600 ft of corridor cleared and ready for benching. The work site is along the highway in the southwest corner of the park (between the sinkholes and the new property line). The more volunteers we get, the more dirt we can move; the more dirt we can move, the bigger we can build.

I'll be at the work site with tools and gloves for those who need them. Bring a bike and ride in. Climbing the cedar-cribbed switchbacks is the shortest route. (Please don't try to park on the south side and walk in thru the Hoosier Energy construction site.)

See you there!

Wapehani / Re: West 2nd Street Bikepath
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:32:07 AM »
I'll be at the I-69 Open House, Jim. Please let us know what else we can do to make the bridge happen.

All I know about the intersection is that the roundabout was scrapped for a signalized intersection. Not sure of the specifics, and with the merger, maybe there will be further changes.

Wapehani / Re: West 2nd Street Bikepath
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:17:45 AM »
The bike-friendly folks at Open Streets Bloomington just drew my attention to an upcoming public open house about I-69 Sect. 5. Here's the notice posted in the HT Classifieds:

"The I-69 Development Partners (I-69 DP) will hold a Public Open House regarding the new I-69 Section 5 construction in Monroe and Morgan Counties. The open house will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1710 Kinser Pike in Bloomington, Indiana. The purpose of this open house is to update the community as we enter the construction phase of I-69 Section 5. The open house will feature various project maps/displays and multiple information stations where I-69 Development Partners project representatives will be available to explain project details and talk with project stakeholders individually in an informal setting. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote on aesthetic treatment alternatives. There will be no formal presentation."

According to the Open Streets FB post, project representatives are seeking comment on bike and ped paths (among other things).

Jim, will the BBC be sending reps to this open house?

Wapehani / Re: Mill Creek Tech Park (Hoosier Energy construction site)
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:15:25 AM »
Parks & Recreation is pursuing a Community Partnership with Hoosier Energy. The first fruit of this partnership would be a shelter house at Wapehani, as well as a short connector trail (leading to an electronic gate at the property line) to provide Hoosier Energy employees with park access. Hoosier Energy would pay for the trail construction and the shelter, which would be conveniently located for their employees but open to all park users.

The proposed shelter site is on the south side of the park, just uphill from the lake near the spillway. Look for pink flags outlining a rectangle--that would be the approximate footprint of the shelter.

If you have any comments or questions about these projects, the Hoosier Energy Community Partnership will be discussed at the next Parks Board meeting on Tuesday 10/28 at 4:00 PM.

If you cannot attend the meeting but still want to provide feedback, please direct your comments and questions to parks@bloomington.in.gov before next Tuesday's meeting (a clear subject line always help).

Wapehani / Re: West 2nd Street Bikepath
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:09:22 PM »
No, I haven't heard anything specifically about the Bloomfield Rd sidepath, although I did hear that the Twin Lakes intersection redesign was on hold until the Planning-Engineering merger and related hiring was finalized. The last I saw in the HTO, the dept is still short a key engineer.

I fully support the bridge, of course. And I've looked at the Twin Lakes campus and Muller Park for a fitness loop that could also serve as a natural surface connector from the apartments down to Bloomfield by the Rec Center.

I'm sure improvements are coming in time.

Wapehani / Re: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day 10/4
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:07:52 AM »
Thanks for bringing the kids! I'm sure the chilly wind kept some folks home, but they don't know how much fun they missed!

Wapehani / Re: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day 10/4
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:59:00 AM »
The early birds are already on the trails. Sun's out, trails are in great shape. Come join us for lunch and a ride at RCA!

Wapehani / Re: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day 10/4
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:56:06 AM »

Tomorrow may be a little chilly, but this rain should pass through today and I expect the new new kid-friendly trails at RCA Community Park to be in good shape for the event tomorrow!

Wapehani / Spike Strip
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:53:08 AM »
Continuing the discussion begun in News and Information...

An officer from the BPD and I hiked to the site of the DIY booby-trap and he recovered the spike strip from where the rider who reported it tossed it.

First, this is an isolated incident so far. According to vaedwards, this happened around two weeks ago and there have been no other reports or incidents in that time frame.  I did a sweep of the other trails and found no other vandalism or concealed spikes.

Second, as several people have already said, this sort of thing needs to be reported immediately. Call 911 and notify the Parks Dept. (use the parks@bloomington.in.gov address). Posting here is a good idea to alert other users (please use this Wapehani board rather than the more general news boards above), but it is not a substitute for reporting it through proper channels.

Third, it is certainly a good idea to document what you find, but then please leave it alone until the police arrive. Note that they are able to access the park through the Hoosier Energy gate on the south side if necessary.

HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Tire spikes at Wapehani
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:24:18 AM »
Here is the Parks homepage. The main contact info that you need is:

812-349-3700 and parks@bloomington.in.gov

I've sent you my contact info. I work for the Parks Dept and oversee Wapehani.
I would appreciate a copy of the photo. What happened to the belt and spikes? Did you remove them?

From your description, I can't really tell where this happened. Can you provide other landmarks and orient your description relative to the lake (north side, south side, west side, private property to the east?) Thanks.

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