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From: Ho-Jong Wong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: public bike park in Cedar Rapids
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 9:34 AM
Thanks for the response! Of course, a park like this wouldn't have to be in that location under I-380. It was just one of the possibilities we saw scouting around town. I do know of Beverly Park and LAMBA; I ride there quite often and am there regularly to help maintain trails. However, this public mountain bike park would encompass different riding styles than what is currently available at Beverly. Do you have more information about the Community Kick-Off? I would like to attend and see what kinds of ideas are floating out there.
On Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Lindenlaub, Adam <A.Lindenlaub@cedar-rapids.org> wrote:
Thank you for your question and interest in an off-road bike facility under I-380. The City of Cedar Rapids has two initiatives under way that could have an impact on the area you are talking about. The first is the Neighborhood Planning Process, which will result in action plans on how the downtown should revitalize after the flood. The second is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cedar River Feasibility Study, which will analyze the City's plan for flood protection. The proposed plan is for a floodwall to run underneath I-380 in the area in question. I have copied the Parks & Rec department so they have your question.
There have been numerous ideas over the years on ways to utilize the area under I-380 or at least make it more aesthetically pleasing. Ideas such as yours are welcome and can be discussed during the Neighborhood Planning Process, which will be starting with a Community Kick-off on January 10 at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Also, in case you are not aware, there is a mountain bike course in Beverly Park that is sponsored by LAMBA (Linn Area Mountain Bike Association). Beverly Park is located off of 21st Street SW, which is off of 33rd Avenue SW from Edgewood Road SW.
Again, thanks for the question and let me know if you have further questions.
Long-Range Planning Coordinator
Cedar Rapids' Department of Community Development
3851 River Ridge Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
From: Westberg, Drew E.
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 8:22 AM
To: Lindenlaub, Adam
Subject: FW: public bike park in Cedar Rapids
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Drew E. Westberg
Long Range Planning Coordinator
Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization
Department of Community Development
50 Second Ave. Bridge - 6th Floor
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Phone: (319) 286-5067
From: Ho-Jong Wong [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 6:00 PM
To: Butterfield, Christine R.; Nepal, Sushil; Westberg, Drew E.
Subject: public bike park in Cedar Rapids
Hi, I was wondering if there could be an opportunity for a public-access mountain bike park in Cedar Rapids under I-380 near Exit 20A. (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=oper ... 5&t=h&z=17). A park at a location like this would allow for more riding than at an open-space park, as the freeway above would shield users from precipitation. Of course, this is just one of the many possible locations around the area that could support a bike park.
I recently visited a public park in Cedar Falls, IA that contained BMX-style dirt jumps that my friends and I thorougly enjoyed. While thinking and researching about the possibility of having a similar park here in Cedar Rapids, we found inspiration from reading about Seattle's under-a-freeway bike park. There, biking enthusiasts have implemented a wide range of trails and obstacles under Interstate 5. (for more info: http://evergreenmtb.org/colonnade/ ).
Like both of the projects I mentioned above, the park would be entirely built by volunteers. Features would be made to accomodate a wide range of riders, from novice to expert. Hopefully something like this would add even more recreational value to downtown Cedar Rapids and attract new riders to the sport we enjoy greatly. It would also add diversity to the types of recreational bicycle riding already in place here.
Earlier this week, I contacted Steven Bowman, the Federal & State Trail Program Manager in the Iowa Department of Transportation, and he said it would be possible to construct a public bike park of this sort in Cedar Rapids. However, he said that I would need to work with the local public agency and planning authority for development.
I would be glad to follow up with a formal proposal. Steven linked me to http://www.sysplan.dot.state.ia.us/feds ... trails.htm that contains application forms for program funding and I could use these as a template for a proposal.
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