Archive for November, 2008

Idaho : Another big event headed to Boise


2008
11.19

The Payette River Experience (PRE) is billed as a 3 day event and looks to be loaded with action!
This event is dedicated to the men and women volunteers of the Horseshoe Bend, Crouch and Garden Valley ambulance crews who work to protect the residents and visitors to this wonderful place

2009 Event ListWebsite Link is HERE

White Water Festival June 19 – 21
The Pulse 10K Run Race and 5K Country Fun Run June 20
Kids 1k Race June 20
Fly Fishing Tournament June 20
Back Country Airplane Fly In June 19 -21
Classic Car Rally June 20
Trap Shooting Tournament June 20
Sportsmanand#39;s Outdoor Expo and craft show June 19 – 20
Outdoor Concert June 20
Mountain Bike Race June 20

WHITEWATER SCHEDULE

FRIDAY June 19

Event: OPEN FREESTYLE COMPETITION
Location: the Big Wave at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend
Time 9:00 am Competitors meeting
10 am- 12 pm Practice on the rubber dam
1:00 pm-4:00 pm Preliminary rounds

Event JUNIOR FREESTYLE COMPETITION
Location: the Fish Ladder at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend
Time 10:00 am Competitors meeting
11:00 -1pm Preliminary rounds

Event: DOWNRIVER RACE
Location: Banks on the Main Payette (finish at Cascade River Center 8 miles)
Time 4:00 pm Competitors meeting. two divisions : Under 8andrsquo; and Over 8andrsquo;
4:30 pm Race start at 30 second intervals

Event WELCOME DINNER
Location : Cascade River Center
Time 5:30 tickets: participants included in entry fee, $8 for non competitors

SATURDAY June 20

Event SLALOM
Location: Otter Slide
Time: 8:30 am Competitors Meeting,
9:00 am- 1:00 pm Divisions: Menandrsquo;s Plastic Boat Beginner, Menandrsquo;s Plastic
Boat Intermediate, Menandrsquo;s Plastic Boat Expert, Womenandrsquo;s Plastic Boat Beginner, Womenandrsquo;s
Plastic Boat Intermediate, Womenandrsquo;s Plastic Boat Expert, Menandrsquo;s Slalom Race Boat,
Womenandrsquo;s Slalom Race Boat, Junior

Event: SAFETY RODEO TEAM COMPETITION
Location: The Fish Ladder at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend
Time: 9:00 am Competitors meeting
9:30-1:00 pm Strong Swimmer, Z drag, zip line
1:00-1:30 pm Wave Runner demonstration

Event: CORPORATE /TEAM RAFT RACE
Location: Alder Creek Bridge to Confluence in Garden Valley
Time 1:00 pm 4 rafts to a heat

Event: DASH AND SPLASH (3k run, 3k down river paddle)
Location: South Fork Landing, Adler Creek Bridge to Confluence in Garden Valley
Time: 3:00PM Menandrsquo;s and Womenandrsquo;s categories

Event JUNIOR FREESTYLE FINALS
Location: Fish Ladder at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend
Time: 1:30-3:30

Event: RIVERBOARD FACE LEVEL COMPETITON
Location: Fish Ladder at the Gutter in Horseshoe Bend
Time 4:00pm – 6:00 pm

Event: OPEN FREESTYLE FINALS
Location Big Wave at the Gutter
Time 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Event: DINNER AND OUTDOOR CONCERT
Location South Fork Landing in Garden Valley
Time 7:00 pm

SUNDAY June 21

Event SAFETY RODEO TEAM COMPETITION
Location : Alder Creek Bridge
Time 9:00 am-12:00 Entrapment and Lowers

Event RAPID RACE
Location Banks to Sandy Beach ( 1.5 miles)
Time 9:00 and- 12:00 Head to Head divisions: Raft, IK, Kayak,
Riverboard Face Level, Pool Toys (must have costume)

Event GIANT SLALOM
Location Upper Otter Slide
Time 1:00 pm andndash; 3:00 pm

Event SAFETY TEAM RODEO FINALS
Location Upper Otter Slide
Time 1:00- 3:00 pm Top three safety teams judged in actual Rescue setting for
The Giant Slalom event

Event AWARDS CELEBRATION CEREMONY
Location Banks (Bear Valley Raft Co.)
Time 4:00 pm- 6 pm

Idaho Whitewater Association Events


2008
11.08

Get 'Em! Idaho Whitewater Association has their new schedule up which includes events this winter and next spring/summer. I’ve added them to the WorldKayak Events Calendar or you can check them out on the IWA events page HERE!

Results from Boise Whitewater Park Meeting


2008
11.02

Jackson Regional Team Member Mark Cecchini reports on the results of the planning meeting last week.

New Park Logo:
Boise Whitewater Park

For those of you interested in this sort of thing, here are my observations from last night’s Boise WW Park Meeting.

Last night, the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department along with representatives of McLaughlin Water Engineers presented the updated design for the whitewater park and the preliminary design of the planned Ester Simplot Park. First I have to say that the city appears to be doing its level best to include all of the stakeholders in the design process. The stretch of river where the park will be built has two irrigation diversions with water rights extending back to the  mid-1800′s. Thus, one major challenge for the design is to maintain these diversions while improving the safety, recreational opportunities, and riparian habitat of the river. Creating a whitewater park without altering the existing floodplain is another major design challenge.

As it stands now, the plan is to begin removing the upstream Thurman Mill diversion (the site of the 36th Street Wave) and replacing it with a new navigable and adjustable structure in the Fall of 2009. As presented last night, the design of this structure includes both a Vail-style Bladder system and a ASCI-style  “Waveshaper”. According to park designer Nick Turner, the Waveshaper will provide a year-round boatable channel while at higher flows the Bladder system will allow for a fully adjustable whitewater feature. It was unclear from the presentation what flows would be needed to spill enough water over the bladder portion of the structure to create a feature without disrupting the irrigation diversion.

Four or five conventional fixed whitewater features were also included in the plan. However, there was not much detail provided about these features, possibly due to ongoing negotiations with the downstream diversion controlled by the Farmerand’s Union Ditch Co. Other improvements to the site include: bank terracing/stabiliza tion, improved riparian habitat, raised viewing areas, and a “lazy river” connecting three ponds adjacent to the the river. Turner stated that the whitewater portion of the park is being designed for a beginner to intermediate skill set, but that the adjustability of the Thurman Mill feature will allow for a  competition- worthy spot at normal summer flows ~1,200 cfs.

During the question and answer session, community members raised a host of issues. Some boaters where concerned about how the park would handle sediment and flood debris. A concerned citizen questioned the impact that park would have on the bald eagles that can be seen on the stretch during the winter months. Others raised questions about the location of access, the cityand’s plans for educating the public about river safety, traffic congestion and safety near the entrance to the park, and plans for providing a natural park setting suitable for “unstructured play.”

All in all, the Boise WW park apears to be on track to begin the first phase of consrtuction next Fall, with the adjustable feature in place by spring 2010. The second phase of construction, which will install the downstream features, is planned to start in the Fall of 2010. However, only about $2 million of the projected $6 million total cost has been committed to date. In appreciation of the Neef family’s generous $1 million donation to the project the park will be known as Ray Neef, MD River Recreation Park. Additional funds have been contributed by the city of Boise and private donations through Friends of the Park (http://www.boiseriv erpark.com/ default.asp). The park is an exciting development for paddlers in the Boise area and it promises to greatly improve the aesthetics, safety, and habitat on this stretch of river.