1. Hawk Island Snowpark History: PROJECT SNOW HAWK PANORMAS Oct 2011

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    from Pete Bosheff / Added

    This was created from a series of panorama video clips shot from about a dozen positions to assist technical staff in creating a refined grading plan for the Hawk Island Snow Park. There was never any intention to link the clips together - so one afternoon with a cocktail I opened iMovie and just stuck them together, found a Sahara kind of music thing (it was either this or Kashmir) and did it. It really depicts the time, place and situation Bob Ford and I were dealing with during the concept work on the snow park. Park staff were awesome for sure but we were under certain pressures. No one had experience making snow and pushing snow around. We must give great respects to George Leichtweis, Modern Skate and Surf, who really came up with the original concepts which we proved could work in 2009 at Ranney Park hill. I pushed real hard for an extra 10-15,000 yd3 to fill in all the way West to the trail and Aengus McIntosh had the dirt for sure but it didn't happen - Look at all that space and I believe someday it will be a bowl all the way to the trail. You will notice the final grading plan changed significantly from this one - but it is great to remember Hawk project when it was so new and full of promise. That's Bob Ford, Landscape Architects and Planners filling in as grade/survey stake for the tech work.

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    • Urban Snow Gun Noise Study 2013 with Bob Ford - Urban snow park projects.

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      from Pete Bosheff / Added

      This video was created to demonstrate the operations of snow making equipment in a city specific to concerns that they might be too noisy. We don't think so. Bob Ford, owner of Landscape Architects and Planners a Lansing, Michigan firm, narrates this short, informative video on location at Hawk Island Snow Park; one of the first urban snow parks in North America. It was shot between midnight and 1:00 am on a cold Sunday night within the City Limits of Lansing, Michigan and minutes from Michigan State University's main campus. There were three SMI PoleCat snow guns running at maximum capacity. Bob used a simple decibel meter to measure sound at various positions from directly next to one gun, out to several hundred feet away from it and finally next to the adjoining neighborhood. Ingham County Parks operates Hawk Island and in over a year they have not had one complaint for noise or lighting spillover. With a tight window of opportunity and only a couple of hours to plan, this video was shot using a Canon XA10 pro HD camcorder, a Shure handheld mic and ambient light only. With no other options, we lit Mr Ford "shoulders up" with a Petzl Tikka XP Headlight for the last few shots next to the neighborhood. Our grip for the shoot was Chocolate Standard Poodle, Lucy. Contact us anytime!

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