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City of Steamboat Springs NEWS

Posted on: April 6, 2017

Slacklining In City Parks

Slacklining has grown in popularity since it first emerged in mountain communities such as Steamboat, and now is enjoyed in a variety of parks across the city. With the early arrival of spring, walk your way to a balanced, enjoyable and safe slacklining experience in city parks by following the outlined policy below: 
  • Tree trunks must be protected with padding, blankets, cardboard or carpet placed between the tree and the anchor line. Ensure that the tree trunk is fully protected and no bark is exposed to the anchor line.
  • Use only trees that are at least 18 inches in diameter. 
  • Trees may not be damaged in any way including no cutting of branches, use of screws or nails, etc.
  • Use only nylon webbing.
  • Slacklines may be no higher than 48 inches above the ground and no longer than 80 feet.
  • Slacklines may not span ponds, rivers or creeks.
  • Slacklines and hammocks may not be left unattended.
  • For visibility, mark the slackline with bright ribbons or flagging and use a spotter at all times to ensure public and slackline participant safety.
  • Slacklines may be erected for up to 2 hours at a time.
  • Ensure slacklines do not obstruct vehicle or foot traffic in the park and do not block trails, walk-ways, roads or parking areas.
  • There may be up to three (3) slacklines set up together in one area of a park; additional slacklines areas may be set up at least 100 yards away.

Whether you’re just a beginner to slacklining or a tricklining expert, please help protect your city parks while out participating in the sport with friends and family this season.  Parks & Community Services appreciates the assistance of all park users in ensuring a fun and enjoyable experience for a wide range of user groups.  

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Contact:
Craig Robinson, Parks, Open Space & Trails Manager
(970) 871-7034 or crobinson@steamboatsprings.net