Chilhowee Park

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Chilhowee Park

Post by scottgib » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:28 pm

has come up again. This was brought up last night and we might be able to get in; but, I also heard that the surface leaves some to be desired.

Anyone looked at it critically lately? Is there someone close that might take a look? Don't worry about size, I have that. Just look at the pavement condition and where it has many bumps that will be hard to avoid.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by budjrfan » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:37 pm

i work downtown....i could swing by and take a look around lunch tomorrow. anyone i need to ask or just drive in and look?
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by Dentspeed » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:45 pm

I went over there a couple of months ago and it's not that great, but it may be manageable. Seems like I remember a lot of undulations, but I've slept since then.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by MARKP » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:21 pm

There are undulations there. Normally, it is a matter of running the course in the right direction. Atlanta region had the same issue at Turner Field and found a way to work with it.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by scottgib » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:59 pm

Just drive around, it is an overflow zoo parking lot and is shared with the park. The piece of pavement in question is the larger lot north of the pond nearer to the zoo entrance.

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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by John Brown » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:42 am

I have no clue.. this isnt the lot we ran on years ago.. it was on the other side of Magnolia.

were we not concerned about east town mall being a "ruff-naaberHood"?

last time I was at this location in question,a friend of a friend got stabbed to death in broad day-light..

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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by budjrfan » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:47 am

John Brown wrote:thinkN out loud is all..... thinkin out loud. :?
so long as we travel in and out as a group (of 75-100) and don't stop for red lights...we should be fine. :wink:
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by budjrfan » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:44 am

ummm.....no.

my opinion: like a large william blount....only worse. along with loose gravel over the entire lot, has a large pavement gap down the middle.

not very good runoff.....still has standing water from the rain on tuesday.

oh and don't forget the ducks. which i'm sure will obey the cones we have marking the course and go around. :lol:


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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by thrdeye » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:03 pm

I think we can work with the loose gravel by sweeping the course. If we got in and got in good, it may be worth repairing that seam. How much of a drop off Kelly?

For the ducks, I'll just bring Abby out. She's a bird dog without even training her. :P
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by PushinTheLimit » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:24 pm

Not the best by any means... but it looks like its workable. A little prep to get it decent and see how it goes. Another location that is close to the Knoxville area is always nice.

Would this one need to have a sound meter or not?
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by budjrfan » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:26 pm

thrdeye wrote:I think we can work with the loose gravel by sweeping the course. If we got in and got in good, it may be worth repairing that seam. How much of a drop off Kelly?

For the ducks, I'll just bring Abby out. She's a bird dog without even training her. :P

might want to look into paying one of those street sweepers to take a swing at it. that's an awful big lot to be tackling with a broom/.
although it is coming up in chunks in more then one place.

dropoff is only 1" at the most (not bad).

the standing water is probably the biggest issue. if it rains within 2-3 days of the event we may be limited on course design.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by MARKP » Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:30 pm

Based on the first pic, it looks like the weather has not been kind to that lot. It looked much better the last time I looked at it. I am not at all excited about another Willie B. tire eater.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by John Brown » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:07 pm

lot looks large from the pics... is it? whats the measurements? as compared to say W.S. :?:
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by gbwrx » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:39 pm

It is a pretty big lot. Don't know measurements compared to WS though. I would hate for another WB tire eater...but I am planning on being in ST something or other next year. As for the sweeping. That is what SM is for. :lol: But seriously you would probably just need to sweep sections of the course that we are running and not the whole lot. Backpack blower or 2 would be nice also.
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Re: Chilhowee Park

Post by John Brown » Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:47 am

gbwrx wrote: As for the sweeping. That is what SM is for. :lol:


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