bad foot pin potential at BV & Salida holes?
I took 2 12 year old boys on the Ark this past weekend. Had a blast in Fractions and at Fibark. With the warm weather, the boys love to swim in the water. I have to be careful about picking the spots.
We had some extra time at the Buena Vista takeout. The boys asked if they could walk upstream, hop in, and swim down through the side of the wave. The hole was flushing. I'd have the throw rope in case they didn't make the eddy. If they still went downstream, it didn't look that bad. They know to keep their feet up.
When walking past the boulders that make the feature, I noticed that the boulders had slots between them that are perfect for a foot pins. The slots are about 2-3 inches wide. It's not a problem in the center part of the feature since it's deep, but on the sides, its a real danger. Foot pin is one of the worst things that can happen and this place has a zillion of pin spots. I think it's more dangerous than most rapids. I noticed the same thing with slots between the boulders in the features in Salida, but not as bad.
At Golden, they've got cement between the boulders to fill in the slots.
You are more likely to have people playing around the water parks. You may have people swimming accidentially or on purpose, you may have boaters doing some horse play just before the end of a run, or people may walk on the boulders and slip. You're more likely to have non river-aware people (tubers, etc) near these features who don't know to keep their feet up.
I don't expect a water play feature to ever be completly safe and I realize I have to take responsibility for my group's safety, but this foot pin potential seems excessively dangerous.
Any chance that the slots between the boulders can be filled in with cement, like at Golden?
Overall, I love the features at BV & Salida. I'm not trying to diss them. I'm just trying to raise the issue of the foot pin potential.