Bike jumps in gulch are for recreation | Letter
Editor, The Beacon:
The bike jumps in Japanese Gulch are not vandalism [“Agreed: BMX jumps in gulch are vandalism,” Letters, The Beacon, page 4, April 2].
Vandalism is "the malicious destruction of property;” the bike jumps were constructed to serve a specific recreational purpose in the same way that trails and bridges in Japanese Gulch were built to serve a specific recreational purpose.
The bike jumps have been in existence and continually maintained for at least four years, in my observation, and there is no evidence that they were hastily built to be "grandfathered in.”
Furthermore, there is no reason why the city cannot support extreme sports. The Colonnade Mountain Bike Park in Seattle is a great example of volunteers working with the city to create a great recreational opportunity on city-owned property.
Finally, the bike jumps are not just the domain of elite BMX'ers, there are smaller jumps where even a middle-aged guy can safely catch some air.