The schedule for hand and machine building varies, and is subject to weather.
Hand building is usually Sunday from 11a – 4p.
Machine building is subject to city and equipment availability. Contact Bill for current scheduling.
Thursday 2/17/05 : Machine building, but available machine time limited. Hand shaping. Rough shaping of all but return sections complete. Rough shaping of return sections begun. Water available, please contact Bill to arrange water. Surface watered to aid in compaction and shaping. Major hand shaping now required – please contact us to volunteer!
Saturday 2/12/05 : 30% chance of rain Saturday - Wednesday. Ride until it's wet, use wood as necessary. Build: Take-off's & landings of third & fourth sets. Second table needs minor adjustments – Please contact us for information.
Thursday 2/10/05 : Some city equipment available (large loader, backhoe). Some large earthmoving done, then city called away on emergency. Tentatively re-scheduled for next week (bulldozer, other?). Unfortunately, this left some areas unfinished and rough. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Hand work and plywood has things ridable in the meantime.
Wednesday 2/9/05 : We need donations!
Tuesday 2/8/05 : Trash can holder installed. Trash pick up is currently 1x / week.
Sunday 2/6/05 : Riding & hand building
Saturday 2/5/05 : Riding & hand building. Rain possible Sunday. Further machine shaping (bulldozer) tentatively scheduled for weeks of 2/7 and 2/14. Hand building tentatively scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 2/12 & 2/13, from 11a – 4p, weather permitting.
Your work, enthusiasm, and patience are appreciated! This is a large project, and will take some time to complete and perfect.
The rules sign from the temporary park has been installed by the city. You are responsible to know and follow them. Please respect our neighbors.
We will be adding a contact page to the website soon. Please enter your name, phone number, and e-mail address. This will allow us to contact you for build days, meetings, and other events.
A scale drawing of the park plan is currently in progress. It will show the relative size, shape, and position of all the features planned for the park, along with measurements to guide hand building. I expect to have a rough draft posted on the website by Sunday 2/13, and a better version on the web and at the park by Friday 2/18.
A message board is currently under construction, to be positioned at the park entrance. It will allow posting of the park plan, news updates, and other information. However this web site will be the primary location for information about the park. It will be updated several times a week. Sign provided by BR at his expense.
There is a trashcan at the entrance to the park. Please Use It! Ashland Parks will be installing a trashcan holder soon.
Friday 2/4/05 : Second round of major earth moving completed Thursday and Friday by Ashland Parks. Unfortunately, due to the size of the machines and the soil conditions, some of the existing jumps were damaged. They were re-sculpted by machine, and will be hand-finished on 2/5. The start hill was enlarged, additional material was added to the outbound sections, and the return sections were roughly positioned. The bulldozer is working well as a shaping tool, leaving only minor handwork to complete sections. Limited availability, please be patient.
- Enclosed securable shed, container, truck body, etc. or the materials to build a wooden shed. This will be used for tool storage. We anticipate the use of a combination lock (limited) so riders have access.
- Tools, including flat and square shovels, metal landscape rakes, wheelbarrows, picks, and hoses.
- Scrap plywood (unpainted) in large pieces, until the end of the rainy season. BR will dispose afterward.
- Benches and/or picnic table(s).
- Use of a Bobcat for at least two days.
December 20 2004 – January 28 2005 : Bill R. becomes jump park coordinator, responsible for park design, building, and logistics. City of Ashland delivered approximately 50 additional dump truck loads of material. Hand shaping of the first two rows of jumps began. Riding continued despite very wet and slow conditions. Warm weather for two weeks at the end of January improved conditions, and provided the first taste of usable jumps for numerous eager riders.
Wednesday 12/22/04 : Web site in operation – www.AshlandJumpPark.org. Updates, hosting, and domain name provided by Duncan, photography provided by Alex, at their expense.
Thursday 12/16/04 : Second day of earth moving. Trash can installed. Provided by BR at his expense.
Wednesday 12/15/04 : First phase of earth moving begins (bulldozer, backhoe).
November 15 – December 15 2004: First round of material deliveries: 80 dump truck loads (8000+ cubic yards) of clean, high quality material (75% decomposed granite / 20% clay / 5% rock). Provided by City of Ashland , from the hospital expansion project. This manner of ‘disposal' afforded the city a large cost-savings. Some of this savings will be used to build the jump park.
2004: Permanent site restoration complete. Development of permanent site re-approved by new city leaders. Jump park committee formed to divide work and represent stakeholders. First round of final park planning. Initial plan adopted – A general design with some specifics, developed in phases, subject to restrictions and materials availability. Temporary park will remain open until new park is completed. It will then be bulldozed and left as undeveloped open space.
2004: Restoration of permanent site. Numerous changes in city government. Ashland 30 year recreation plan begins. Transition to permanent location on-hold. Temporary location remains open.
Sean D. and others get ball rolling with current parks department.
2000-2003: Water treatment plant construction. Permanent park location in use as a construction area.
2000: Preliminary planning complete. City approval granted. Rules drafted & signs posted. Temporary location opens with hand building. Permanent location identified. Development subject to city availability and water treatment plant project.
1999: Concept of city sanctioned jump park tentatively approved, with conditions. Parks & recreation department will administrate facility. User accepts all liability and city cannot be held liable, by designation of “inherently dangerous activity” (same as skate parks). City-owned lands to be identified. Rules required, similar to skate parks. Construction limitations.
1997-1998: Meetings with Ashland city council, parks & recreation, neighbors. Development of park goals, planning, issues resolution.
January 1997: Alex and Duncan begin the Ashland Jump Park project.