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Old 06-28-2015   #1
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The Durango Herald 06/27/2015 | City created a hazard in whitewater park

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That guy is pretty stupid. Without the man-made "hazard" I'm pretty sure it wouldn't qualify as a whitewater park...
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Don't really know what he means...we've been running it in boats all year. Had our share of flips and follies, but it's been a blast.
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As far as I'm concerned, he has a point. Colorado creates these "whitewater parks" which are really just play features intended SOLELY for playboating. I would think a true "whitewater park" should have obstacles, multiple routes, and require some skill in paddling to get through.
It's pretty sad that Colorado--known for its whitewater--can't build a park worth a shiat...you have to go east to find one of those.
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I wonder how they Boise park with the adjustable wave is working out? I know they have high water chutes and can adjust the center feature. Out in Oregon these are still a pretty new idea, I think the Deschutes in Bend just got one, but I haven't seen it yet.
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So the Boise wave rocks. There are actually two chutes with adjusters that act like airplane wing flaps. The waves can be adjusted to a variety of shapes. Additionally there is a large peoperty next to it that is right now under construction as a complete whitewater park training center. Its about 15 acres or so.

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Oh, the current Boise Wave is so popular that it has to be scheduled as kayaks every other day then surfing every other day.

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Something folks need to remember is that designing features for turbulent flow is a science that's still in the developmental stages. They've only been able to do computer simulations of turbulent flow, vortices, eddies, etc. for about a decade, and I'd expect it's pretty expensive to develop a computer model of a whitewater park so they can simulate features at all flows. It's a lot easier to say, after the fact, that someone did a crappy job because the feature didn't perform well during certain flow conditions, than it is to design a feature that'll work well in all flow conditions.

Does the feature work as needed 95% of the time?

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It's a matter of opinion if the feature "works" or not. Some people actually prefer powerful, fun features on their runs, and yes often features have to be dynamic to be an effective freestyle spot.
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Kinda ironic to be even building a whitewater park given all the whitewater opportunities from class 1 thru 6 that we have around Boise.

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