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Old 03-19-2010, 06:35 PM
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I have a bunch of land around a thousand acres and a bull dozer just sitting there. So I am thinking would this be a easy profit or more trouble than its worth any suggestions I would appreciate.
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My town has been trying to get a skatepark for over 10 years,.. FTL

I remember when I was about 14 years old, I said "Maybe my kids will get to skate it" (sarcasm durrr)

Sad part is I think I'm right.


BUT, I'm not sure, I think it's way more trouble than it's worth. You have to do so much bullshit to make one.
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Old 03-19-2010, 06:45 PM
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The only thing that worries me is the legal crap and what not. Anybody know how waivers work?
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Doing it for the love of riding is the most profit you will make.Bike racers are cheap and bitchy.The track will be too ruff and too smooth.Too wet and too dry.Too easy and too difficult.You get the idea.
Everyone will screw with you.The town,county,state and every neighbor no matter how close they are.
It seems the best way is to do it as a club,or association.
Many people in the northeast have gone down this road and only a couple have survived.
Go check out a few before you drop the blade.
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As far as waivers go,they will only protect you from honest people.They are really worthless.If someone hits a tree that is too close to the track you are at fault no matter what they sign.
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That's the thing, probably the closest thing to what I have envisioned in my head is a place like Loretta Lynns. There is so many people in my area and surrounding areas that ride i would have trails and stuff. I worked for a guy that opened a canoe rental here and he opened a 4-wheel drive park and had no troubles other than the epa cause it was to close to the river.
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I mean if all else fails bull doze it back down and put the cows back on it.
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I do understand that there are some successful parks around the country,but with the exception of a couple the only people that are making money are the employees.
It is a lot of work to build a track,and even more to keep it maintained.
If you want to give it a try,go for it.Just go into it with as much info as you can find.Get your potential clients involved from the beginning.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:09 PM
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have you ever started your own business before?

this will tell a lot about what position you are in.

I know right now it seems so simple "i've got this land, i can make it happen, i just need the legal stuff figured out" but there is so so so much more to it than that. do your research first, see if you can talk to people who have built their own tracks already, and if at that point you think you still want to do it, find a business lawyer, preferably one who has done something similar in the past (another mxc track, paintball arena, etc), and pay him to help you make sure you are as legally safe as possible. you might even find a lawyer through another track owner.

also, realize that at the minimum itll cost you $50,000 to get this off the ground, and that's if you do a lot of things yourself...youll either need cash or financing, the latter of which is a dangerous decision to make...
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Same with mountain bike trails here. Takes a lot of work to build it, plus it takes EVEN more work to maintain it. It's easier to build then maintain, and you're dealing with dirt bikes which just erode dirt like crazy.

THEN: You have to figure out all the legal crap. Eventually you will get sued, you have to take the appropriate steps to make it more difficult for someone to sue you and/or get any money out of it. Like a fence with a lot of signs, waivers, watching a video, require track users to carry a numbered pass which they get after completing the other tasks.

This is what our mountain bike parks have done. Been sued a few times but they never have gone into fruition. One guy is on his 5th lawyer after 4 years of trying to sue the county from getting hurt on the trails.

Before this system the county was getting sued left and right and always having to settle. With the new system, I think someone got a settlement of 3 grand in the past 2 years which is quite the improvement.

Anyway good luck.
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haha ya i got a pretty sick field i could slap one of thoes onto.
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