Bike jumps in gulch are for recreation | Letter

Apr 16, 2014

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.

Phillip Kahrl,


Comments (2)
Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Apr 24, 2014 03:11

Your observation is disputed by the arborist that was hired.  The report concluded that destruction had occurred jeopardizing wetlands and killing of trees that are now a hazard and will need to be removed.  This was private property, and is now City property...and any modifications that were done in the past and recently were not authorized by the owner(s). What is someone just came in and modified your property?  Would you consider it vandalizing or illegal activity? 

Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Apr 24, 2014 03:13

Let me know where you live....maybe I can dig up the earth and build a few jumps in your back yard to catch some air.

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