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Denver’s Big Air ramp going up after debate about how to hold it down

Chuck Plunkett
The Denver Post
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostThe Denver Big Air ramp rises above Civic Center on Monday with K-rails offering stability. The huge 8-foot-long concrete rails weigh 3,000 pounds each, and more than 200,000 pounds are to be used as tie-downs, despite a request by the builders to use anchors that can be driven 5 feet underground. The Big Air Competition, featuring top skiers and snowboarders, will be held Jan. 25-26.
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The Denver Big Air ramp erected in Civic Center is secured by the least attractive foundational system the private contractor building the structure wished to use, according to a review of city e-mails.

Safety wasn’t – and isn’t – the issue, all sides of the eleventh-hour tussle maintain.

Rather, the debate centered on the best way to protect the heart of the historic park, where the towering ski and snowboard ramp will test the skills of some of the best male skiers and snowboarders in the world next week.



And though now resolved, the debate flared less than two weeks before workers for Murphy Productions began piecing together the scaffolding.

Read more: Denver’s Big Air ramp going up after debate about how to hold it down – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/legislature/ci_17122322#ixzz1BPh42EOO


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