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Proposal to study new BMX park is DOA

Original post made on Nov 19, 2009

The subject of building a new BMX park in Mountain View was not on the agenda Tuesday night, but was brought up at the end of the meeting by Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga — and promptly killed in a deadlocked 3-3 vote.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 4:38 PM


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Posted by Drew Seutter
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2009 at 8:50 am

Location, location, location.

This thing needs to happen and location of the park will be key. Someone at the City needs to say:

1) do we or don't we need or want a BMX park?
2) let's get user involvement early on
3) if we move forward, where should the park go?
4) assuming 'yes' progression, what might design, construction, maintenance, and liability costs be?
5) can we fund this? are there shortcuts that can save expense?

Along a parallel track, let's evaluate:

1) can the old site be salvaged?
2) can things be done to minimize concerns expressed by the (former) City attorney?

Thanks Mayor Abe-Koga for raising this issue. I am among the folks who think a place to ride a bicycle in the dirt would be well utilized, should be at a location where kids can get to it, and should not cost an arm and a leg to build or maintain.

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Posted by SunnyDaysAhead
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

When you were a kid, didn't you have a rope to swing over the deep spot in the creek on a hot day? Or a place to push your body and your bike to new limits?

Yes, kids get hurt but it is an important part of learning our limits and sharpening our skills.

It is a sad commentary on the City Council that they can't find a solution other than bulldozing a valuable part of our quality of life.

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Posted by sly
a resident of Whisman Station
on Nov 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm

bmx park? R U KIDDING????

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:22 pm

What the hell? What are those bizarre inflated ideas? Landscape architect? There was a nice spot made without one that functioned perfectly fine for 20 years. Calabazas park is the blueprint of what NOT to do, not an example to follow.

I guess Ronit Bryant, Laura Macias and Kasperzak really like kids hanging out with gangs.


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Posted by Josh
a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:28 am

I am stunned. When I was a teenager, us skateboarders were marginalized and criminalized. Today, as a mountain biker, the same thing has happened. Why do I need to drive to San Jose to enjoy a couple of jumps?
Why are such a low percentage of trails open to cyclists in the bay area?

What about the kids who cannot drive to the bike park or trail head?

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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

NOthing being done, perfectly good spot was destroyed, kids are growing fat.

Shame on the council.

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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

What a shame. Kids (and adults) need places for wholesome, healthy recreation.

What do city "leaders" want them to do? Drugs?

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Posted by Nukem
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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