Council Eyes $2M for Knievel Site Upgrades

2013-12-24T02:00:00Z Council Eyes $2M for Knievel Site UpgradesBy BRIAN SMITH Twin Falls Times-News
December 24, 2013 2:00 am  • 

TWIN FALLS, Idaho • Twin Falls City Council members said they were shocked Monday night by the cost of a laundry list of property improvements they’d like to see at Evel Knievel’s Snake River Canyon jump site.

City staff estimated the paved roads, trails and other park amenities the City Council wants once Ed Beckley is finished would cost nearly $2 million.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler said he would take the report to Beckley to negotiate what items each side would be willing to fund.

Ultimately, what improvements will be made to the site and who will make them will end up in an agreement between the two sides subject to City Council and public review. Rothweiler presented a draft of the deal.

Both sides have yet to finalize many details, he said, including how much Beckley will pay to the city directly for the right to jump, a public safety and transportation plan, and a plan for covering prosecution of crimes or other litigations stemming from Beckley’s jump.

Perhaps the biggest question — and ultimate cost of the park the council desires — will be the amount of rock needing to be unearthed to pave the 2,500-foot access road and 45,000-square-foot parking lot.

“There’s a little sticker shock going on up here … and I’m sure that when Mr. Beckley gets wind of this there’ll be some sticker shock as well,” Twin Falls Mayor Greg Lanting said.

Council members discussed what items they thought would be needed for the jump and which wouldn’t. Councilman Chris Talkington said the site didn’t need to be “first class.”

“There’s no way I could personally encumber Big Ed with $1.9 million on this, however, there are a couple of things that, to me, make sense,” Talkington said. “… For me, the road is not conscionable. The people can get out there and it doesn’t have to be developed at this time.”

Councilman Shawn Barigar said the council also needed to think about which improvements would be critical to a successful jump, namely the road.

Barigar’s peers agreed that the $51,250 estimate for 650 feet of pavement and fencing to connect the canyon rim walking trail was needed. Rothweiler agreed — that cost should be a “mandate” for Beckley, but the rest was negotiable.

Council members also discussed whether or not to prioritize the items they’d like to have, but Rothweiler advised otherwise — “we don’t want to negotiate against ourselves,” he said.

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    MHRAISED - December 26, 2013 2:33 pm
    I agree with Rupertresident. Can you guys be any more unfair?? Just let the dude jump, he already paid your $1,000,000, isn't that enough?
    I would love to see if this was a "local" guy.....what would he actually have to pay?
    I can guarantee it surely wouldn't be as much as Beckley. If you want this jump to happen, you need to let it happen with the guy who already paid for it. Stop trying to push him out!
    Shame on you.
  2. Ramsey
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    Ramsey - December 24, 2013 8:59 am
    Oh, this is just getting dumber and dumber. "We need to spend more and more money so we can let the fat guy throw himself over the hole in the ground. What? No! We're sure this won't make us a laughing stock or end up with us holding the bag...again."
  3. Pebbles61
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    Pebbles61 - December 24, 2013 8:12 am
    Why are you even entertaining this idea again? Evidentally no one remembers the debacle from Knievels failed attempt...Are we that hard up that this is the only way to generate a little revenue? There's a Sucker born evry minute, and they all must be in Twin Falls...
  4. rupertresident
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    rupertresident - December 24, 2013 5:49 am
    WOW...It appears Mr.beckley will have to be a trackstar to jump the long line of hurdles the council intends to construct. Why doesnt the council just admit that they dont want Mr. Beckley to attempt the jump and and face the music.

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