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Post by Stonehouse on Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:29 pm

Check it out!!!



Gosh that would be awesome. Though I do wonder if they will end up including all the field elements, like jumping pits and throwing circles and all that.

And look in the background for the new Physical Plant building (which just got a $10 million gift for its relocation), the new tennis center, the boathouse/dock, and the two practice fields. Makes me drool!!!
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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:44 pm

God's eye view from Soderstrom Architects.....


Just going by these plans, apparently there is no planned foot bridge over the railroad tracks that split the River Campus.
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Re: Rendering of River Campus Track

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:14 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Just going by these plans, apparently there is no planned foot bridge over the railroad tracks that split the River Campus.

Yeah, I was wondering about that too. I think (don't quote me on this) that they are still working out with the railroad if a footbridge is doable.
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Post by SouthCarolinaPilot on Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:01 am

If they added all of the appropriate field elements to the track then we could possibly host a big meet, which would be awesome exposure.
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Post by PilotNut on Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:38 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Just going by these plans, apparently there is no planned foot bridge over the railroad tracks that split the River Campus.

If you look at Stonehouse's image, there is a bridge over the tracks leading to the boathouse, just southeast of the new tennis center.

Do we know the timing of any of this? It looks fantastic... a long time coming!

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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:17 pm

Oh yeah...looks like a vehicle bridge.

Just wonder if it's in the actual plans.... Question Could add quite a bit of cost that might be better spent, but it would seem there'd have to be some sort safety features associated with the track(s).
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Post by blacksheep on Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:24 pm

Is a foot bridge really necessary? Those tracks don't get a ton of rail traffic. They pretty much only get used by the Toyota dock south of Cathedral Park. The tracks go right through Cathedral Park and it never seems to be a problem.
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Post by SouthCarolinaPilot on Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:05 pm

The tracks may be at grade and unused, but with athletic facilities there, I think some sort of over/underpass is necessary. If some sort of emergency happens on one side of the tracks with a train going by you wouldnít want first responders sitting and waiting while the train passes. Those minutes are valuable. This is the unlikely extreme but is very real life for some residents in small towns along the Gorge.
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Re: Rendering of River Campus Track

Post by Stonehouse on Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:43 pm

PilotNut wrote:Do we know the timing of any of this? †It looks fantastic... a long time coming!

I know they are hoping to get working on the two soccer fields (one grass, one turf) ASAP. But there is still some wrangling that needs to happen with the city and permits. I think there was hope they might be able to start in this fall, but it might get delayed until spring when the weather improves.

They are only allowed to work in the water for a specific period of time (something like May-August) for environmental reasons, and I know they are hoping to use all that time in 2018. There's a lot of work that needs to be done - removing all the old docks (dolphins, I guess, to be more specific) and old pilings, and then building the dock for the boathouse.

As for the physical plant, track, and tennis center... not sure on the timeframe for those. The physical plant did just get a major gift ($10 million), so that will certainly help. I believe there is another very significant gift that is at least in part earmarked for the River Campus... if and when that is announced that might give some clarity on the timeframe for everything.
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Re: Rendering of River Campus Track

Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:06 pm

I was just shown another rendering that clearly shows it is a footbridge leading to the boat house/rowing center over single set of tracks.

Also in the rendering is a level crossing of the tracks for vehicles located at the north end of the River Campus.

Hard to say what the final product will actually look like.....

UP Vice-president for Operations Jim Ravelli surmised the two soccer fields and tennis center "will happen" in 2018-19. My guess is the running track will be last.

I was on the River Campus last week, and the only thing there that looks recently built is the parking lot at the north end.
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Post by ehk21 on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:41 am

Of course the running track will be last. Track and field is always last at UP. Haven't had a track in place since 1984. It's really quite shameful.

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Post by pilotram on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:22 pm

Love it. What's with the soccer field in the middle? Very Happy
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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:34 pm

I keep thinking Iím at Boise Stateís track
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Re: Rendering of River Campus Track

Post by SouthCarolinaPilot on Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:22 am

Getting a track would actually be pretty huge for us relative to the conference. BYU is the only school with a full-sized track facility. Pepperdine has some sort of four lane track that their soccer team plays inside of. But, thatís it.

Whatís interesting to me is that every WCC school competes in track but we donít have it sponsored as a WCC sport. More WCC schools have track teams than golf or softball teams. Maybe the facility issue is why. Seems like it would require a whole lot of effort to instate a conference track and field championship.
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