RECON Tour comes to Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park on June 29, 2013!
Visit http://www.therecontour.com for details!
RECON Tour comes to Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park on June 29, 2013!
Visit http://www.therecontour.com for details!
Yeah, I’ve been slacking…. anyways… Here’s a peak at what you missed.
Checkout monkeybone54321‘s YouTube videos for more!
Be part of Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park’s Triple Threat. Built your own teams comprised of one of each – scooter, BMX and skate! Compete against other teams and share a $300 prize!
Choose your teams on or before the day of the event on November 4, 2012.
Southern California’s original original punk/surf power trio is coming to Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark!
Got this from a producer from the Electric Company doing a shoot this week. Please contact them with the information requested below.
Looking for Skateboarders for an upcoming PROMOTIONAL shoot featuring a major international brand. Shoot will take place on OCTOBER 18th in the SAN JOSE AREA. Looking for young, enthusiastic SKATEBOARDERS between the ages of 15-30 that are willing show off a few tricks.
This will be a fast paced, energetic shoot lasting approximately 2.5-4 hours.
Please send your headshot, contact information and AGE – including phone number and resume to: email@example.com
If you’re interested in providing additional feedback, come to the next bike park community meeting on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park in San Jose, California!
Did you know that SJ Action Sports was recently awarded a commendation by the City of San Jose? You didn’t? Well we did. Originally SOS (Save Our Skatepark), the group changed changed it’s name to SJ Action Sports to revitalize the group’s efforts to save Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park and has now extended itself to building awareness of the park’s new roots as San Jose’s action sports center.
Here’s a link to the video. You’ll need Silverlight installed in order to watch it.
NOTE: The meeting date has been rescheduled. The new meeting date is 10/17/2012. Same time, same location.
We’re meeting again! Who said all meetings are boring. Apparently they were never part of building a cool-awesome bike park.
Take part and let the city know what you think of the proposed design!
Location: Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park.
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Prepared for: Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services City of San Jose, CA
International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Solutions Program
PO Box 7578
Boulder, CO 80306
The development of community bike parks has advanced rapidly in the past several years, with new facilities such as Valmont in Boulder, Colorado, being complimented by several dozen smaller parks across North America. Providing a location for riders to partake of bike-optimized trails and appealing to a wide range of skills, bike parks become physical centers for the millions of mountain bicyclists who live in urban areas. Cunningham Lake Regional Park has the opportunity to become the premier community bike park in California. Already developed with a water park and a large skate park, and containing the eponymous lake, the park contains sufficient area and topographic relief to host a number of tracks and trails built exclusively for mountain bicyclists. At the request of the City of San Jose and cycling stakeholders, staff from the Trail Solutions program of the International Mountain Bicycling Association visited the site several times to assess the potential for the development of a regionally significant mountain bike park. The results of that investigation are contained in this report. The involvement of the aforementioned stakeholders has been considerable, which bodes well for the ultimate success of the bike park if it is constructed. A combination of interested individuals and bicycle industry companies have supported the planning process and are likely be present throughout the process. The conceptual site plan has two options under consideration for the tracks and trails around the existing skate park. Further refinement of the site plan in subsequent stages will determine which is the ideal configuration. For the overall conceptual site plan Option 1 is displayed; both Option 1 and Option 2 are shown in detail on separate pages.
The main pump track will be designed for a range of skill levels to allow cyclists to learn and perfect their riding skills. This track will have a designed direction-of-use to allow for progression of skills and fitness for riders coming from the Kids/Tots Pump Track or riders hoping to advance to the more organic and advanced Pump Park.
The main pump track will be located west of the existing skate park on the main mound in the southeast corner of the Cunningham Lake Regional Park. The pump track design will add approximately 10,000 square feet of bike-specific features to the park.
The pump park concept will be a pump track that is designed to be multi- directional and allow users to create their own routes through the features. The pump park is designed for intermediate to advanced users and will foster more organic and creative riding. The pump park will be located southwest of the existing skate park in the southeast corner of the regional park and will add approximately 15,000 square feet of bike-specific features in the regional park.
The kids/tots pump track will be a pump track designed for smaller bicycles and users. It will feature reduced-sized rollers and swales as well as lower-angle bermed turns. It will have features that can accommodate strider-type bicycles as well as smaller-wheeled bikes with short wheelbases. The kids/tots pump track is designed for the newest of riders.
The kids/tots pump track will be located on the northwest corner of the skate park in the southeast corner of the property. It will have easy access from the walking path up to the skate park. The kids/tots park will add approximately 11,000 square feet of beginner bicycle features to the regional park.
The proposed dirt jump area will be designed for beginner to advanced riders. There will be jump lines to encourage less-skilled riders to progress to the bigger jumps. The larger jumps will allow more- advanced riders to practice and further their skills. The dirt jump area will be located on the main mound south of the skate park in the southeast corner of the property. Including several lines approximately 350 feet in length, the dirt jump area will add approximately 26,000 square feet of bike-specific features.
The three proposed flow trails will be designed for beginner to advanced users. The trails will contain flow features such as rollers, dips, and berms allowing users to transfer their pump track and jump park skills to trail use. The flow trails will be located on the east and north east side of the lake in three separate areas. The first trail will be located near the skate park and allow the mound elevation to push riders along. The other two trails will be located along the shores of Cunningham Lake and utilize the shoreline elevation. The flow trails will add approximately 9,500 linear feet of bike-specific infrastructure to the regional park.
The proposed freeride areas will be suited for intermediate to advanced riders. The freeride area will feature “freeform features” such as wall rides, drops, step-on and step-off jumps, and other technical structures. The freeride drop area will feature a series of drops and technical lines that will challenge riders from top to bottom and offer significant progression, ensuring they will hold riders’ interest. The freeride area will be located on the northeast side of the skate park. The freeride drop zone will be located near the dirt jumps south of the skate park. These areas will enhance an additional 54,000 square feet in the regional park.
The dual slalom course is suited for intermediate to advanced riders looking to compete or practice on an enclosed, directional course. The slalom course will consist of two nearly identical tracks featuring rollers, tabletop jumps, and bermed turns offering riders a short gravity-fed experience. Ideally, the dual slalom course will have a starting hill and gate where riders can start on a timed run. The dual slalom course will be located in the southeast corner of the park near the skate park. The slalom trail will need to utilize the 160’ of elevation. The two separate lines will create nearly 1,900 linear feet of additional trail to the regional park.
The proposed singletrack trail will be suited for beginner to intermediate users looking to build fitness and confidence in a low-barrier environment. The trail will appeal to users looking to exercise in the shade along South White Road and Cunningham Avenue. The proposed trail will also offer four skills areas where trail users can learn and hone technical bicycling skills in a low-risk setting.
The singletrack trail will be located along the northern and eastern boundary of the park near Cunningham Avenue and South White Road. The skills areas will be located alongside the trail northwest of the existing skate park. This system will add approximately 2,800 linear feet of trail and 2,000 square feet of skills areas for the park users to enjoy.
The park already provides great infrastructure for visitors, and utilizing existing features would allow the park to offer additional experiences for riders. The rock watershed near the staircase on the east side of the lake is proposed to provide a trials and skills area for people to practice their trials skills. Minimal effort would be required to make this area suitable for this purpose. The adjacent staircase would offer an ideal obstacle for the sport of cyclecross racing for both practice and actual competition. The layout of existing roads and proposed trails in the park also generally lends itself to local-level mountain bike races, such as short-track. An additional natural surface walking path is also proposed to connect the southeast parking area with the sidewalk areas along the eastern shore of the lake to improve internal non-motorized access and circulation.
If the concept plan is approved then a detailed site plan should be created to refine the integration of the tracks and trails into the site. The detailed plan should contain a more specific, surveyed layout with design information for each track/trail. This will facilitate a more accurate cost estimate and the creation of construction documents. A draft operations plan and a risk management plan should also be developed.
Receiving guests from far away lands is always exciting for the staff at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park (LCRSP). Hearing the accents, learning about other cultures and listening to stories, are things we thoroughly enjoy. With the Park’s growing popularity, the number of foreign zip codes has been increasing. Israel, Europe, and China have been the farthest and it has been quite exciting to learn people are hearing about LCRSP from such a distance.
Typically, international guests are either families who are visiting on business or followers of BMX and skateboarding. They come here to enhance their skills or test them by carving down the world’s largest Full Pipe, shredding up and down the tallest Vert Wall or attempting an over-vert inside the largest Cradle. Getting a glimpse of our local legends Steve Caballero, Jeff “Ffej” Hedges and Ron Wilkerson rippin’ it up with their friends and family, doing what they love most in the Skull bowl, is a major bonus.
So it was quite a fun surprise for us at LCRSP when four happy, hyper, California summer weather loving children rode in speaking with accents from yet another foreign land. As their waivers were filled out we learned just how far they had come. This time, it was not just far away. It was not even far, far away. It was faaaaaaaaaaaaaar away, where lions roar, zebras run, and hippopotamuses snort. In some areas the sun blazes hotter than one hundred and twenty degrees without mercy, and whining is not allowed. Black mambas, spitting giraffes and the six-eyed sand spider are considered friendly locals. The ever alluring, immortalized land of secrets, adventures and heartache, is their home. Africa.
Very quickly we realized we were experiencing something special. None of them had ever skated before, but all four knew how to ride a bike. Their parents found LCRSP on the internet and, on a whim they signed them up for lessons. But it was their silliness, effort and constant energy that won the staff over.
Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Africa, is where Domilola (Domi) (9), Tobi, and Mitchel live. They gathered for a family vacation in San Jose, California, home to Josh (7), a cousin from their father’s side. Domi and Tobi are siblings, while Mitchel is a cousin from their mother’s side of the family. Domi, is a very direct, fearless, lioness, who is clearly the boss in any given situation. Her quick wit and sharp tongue kept her brother and cousins in line all week as they learned to BMX and skateboard under the direction of Nick Valencia and Skate Park Supervisor, Andrew Helms. Tobi, her younger brother, is the tough one, probably from practice of having such a feisty older sister. Josh, is the not-so-tough one who needed constant encouragement and a few hugs every time he fell. Mitchel is the mediator, always trying to make things calm when young tempers flared.
Eager to learn and never still, they tore through LCRSP like they owned the place, and as Recreation Leader, Nick Valencia, puts it, “They’re their own little Nigerian skate team,” as they learned to carve, drop-in to the mini bowls and bunny hop around the park. “They have fantastic athleticism,” Recreation Leader, Benjamin Little, remarked as they learned tricks quickly. Josh accidentally managed to do a Rock-to-Fakie, originally intending to drop-in. Tobi, fell several times, once landing hard on his stomach. Not a tear was shed, nor did he complain. Instead he gave us a “thumbs up” sign, showing he was fine.
The family also managed to rename a few things. The world’s largest Full Pipe was newly titled “The Cave”. Andrew can now add the moniker, Coach, to his list of Drew, Dude and Bro nicknames. Personally, I think their best addition is their use of the term “person”. Instead of saying “Look out, step up,” or “Yo Dude, I’m going,” this foursome used the term “PERSON!” which they yelled loud enough for the geese across the lake to hear. When it is shouted by a three-foot-two Nigerian boy, it’s a bit like “Coach, move outtada way, I’m going down da Cave now, PERSON!!!” and the towering six-foot-four Coach, kindly obliged with a grin on his face.
Lunch was an awesome way to get to know the kids, as Myles Solanoy, a fellow camper learned. “They eat a lot of different rice.” Between turning Coach into a massaging chair and bites of their hot dogs, we learned what they love to eat.
One dish in particular is Domi’s favorite. With her accent it sounded like she was saying, Jell-O-fries, which when repeated back to her, she burst into laughter. “Jell-O fries? What are Jell-O fries? Would Jell-O and fries even taste good?” After spelling it for us, we learned it is Jollof Rice, a scrumptious sounding spicy and orange-colored chicken and rice dish. As for the boys, Mitchel’s favorite food is hot dogs, Josh likes bacon and sausage and, Tobi, well, he apparently loves pancakes. He jumped up and down about them. They all share a hankering for citrus, their favorite drinks are Fanta, Sunny D, and Pink Lemonade. No one owns an exotic pet. No cobras exist in their bedrooms or hyenas in the back yard. They do, however, like to play pranks on each other. They don’t like putting toys away. They eat as fast as they can because the last person has to clean the table. They now know who Tony Hawk is because “he is on the poster,” referring to the one from the Birdhouse Tour.
“They are funny kids from halfway around the world, ripping and shredding. It’s fun to have some kids from a completely different world at the park. I’ve learned a lot from them.” Nicely put, Coach.
It is indeed incredibly endearing to watch a group of kids who know nothing about the skateboarding or BMX culture, come to LCRSP and fully immerse themselves into it, making it their own. Moments like this make LCRSP a special place. We get to meet extraordinary people every day and have fun at the same time. The nearest skate park in Port Harcourt is about half an hour away from where Domi, Tobi, and Mitchel, live. They do plan to continue skating, once they can agree on a board.