Pop-up parks?

26th January 2011, by Chris Gill

Mammoth's new Art Park, but others will pop-up around the hill ... (c) Mammoth Mountain Resort

Mammoth's new Art Park, but others will pop-up around the hill ... (c) Mammoth Mountain Resort

Freestyle is an art, literally so at Mammoth Mountain it seems. The Californian resort has recently opened a new ‘Art Park’ featuring paintings and sculptures alongside the traditional terrain park features.

Initially ‘Art Park’ is in tribute to a local artist and snowboarder (Jeffrey Anderson) who died in 2003, aged 23. But the idea is to expand, and to introduce a different exhibit each season. The plan also introduces another concept: the pop-up park.

Mammoth has gone a bit park crazy with this one. Pop-up parks, also arty, are basically mobile terrain parks that will appear temporarily in various locations on the mountain. The parks stay in place for few weeks before being dismantled and moved on.

According to resort spokesman Dan Hansen this idea allows ‘unique’ park experiences on parts of the mountain that would not normally be chosen for a freestyle area. Park shapers can build and change the setting frequently, as well as add the artistic angle. Other skiers and boarders may not be quite so impressed with freestyle features appearing around their favourite slopes,

So will ‘pop up’ cotton on? Well, the sport manager for the project, Josh Chauvet believes so: he got the idea from mobile restaurants, trialled by a well-known local chef apparently. Meanwhile visitors will find the Art Park near the Canyon Lodge and Chair 16.



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