Below is a series of links as a starting point for a conversation with Boulder officials.
#1 – Always be respectful, even if you think officials are wrong.
#2 – Always use tree protection; tree damage will trump any thing else we can do.
#3 – Keep lines safe & monitored.
Flyers to use / hand out! Visit Slackline.us for more info.
Lead By Example!
Basics of Slacklining
Slackline documentsCity of Boulder Approved Rules
Approved University of Colorado long line locations – but CHECK FIRST with Slackers at CU Facebook group!!
University of Colorado Slackline rules (see section 15).
Boulder Municipal Code section 6-6-6
Slackline U.S. National Slackline Association
Slackline U.S. – Slackline Access to Public Lands document
International Slackline Association
Flyer by International Slackline Association for passers-by.
Slackline Groups by City/State
History of Slacklining
Slackline Tools article
Boulder / Denver Other News Articles
Boulder Weekly Slacklining March 2017
Jefferson County Fixed Anchor info (via Access Fund)
Mountain Magazine Online – Slacklining is Not a Crime
Colorado Daily Article 8/24/2015
Daily Camera Article on 7/25/2015 discussing $250 ticket
Colorado Daily article discussing CU Boulder slackline rules
Colorado Daily article – discusses rules for CU Slacklining
Colorado Daily Article on Slacking for Trees
Daily Camera article about how Boulder City Council operates.
Denver Post article on Mickey Wilson (2015)
Boulder Parks & Recs
Boulder Parks & Recreation Liability Waiver
Link to Boulder Parks & Recreation main page
Link to Boulder Parks & Rec Master Plan
PDF of Boulder Parks and Rec Master Plan. It should be easy to show how slacklining fits in the master plan’s goals
Link to Valmont Bike Park – most likely more dangerous than slacklining
Daily Camera article on Valmont Bike Park injuries
Jefferson County regulations for Climbing & Slacklining, as well as a link to their application for fixed hardware.
Articles & other related links
Boulder Adventure Lodge and their slackline park
Northwest Slacklining resources for keeping slacklining legal
Shows damage to trees – wrong kind of trees used, no tree protection from slacklines
Slacklining in Tehran, Iran
Miami Times article about police and slackliner interactions
Portland, OR article about slacklining. Discusses interaction with police and legality.
Video of positive police encounter in Seattle. 20 min.
Seattle article about drafting slacklining regulations. Follows up from video above.
Seattle news article about the video above.
Article about ‘Slacklining for a Cause’ raising funds for a charitable organization.
CU’s Slacking for Trees fund raiser
Salt Lake Tribune article about death of a cyclist that ran into a neck-high slackline in Utah. There is an open lawsuit.
Daily Nebraskan article about prohibiting slacklining at University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Blog article about Austin, TX slacklining regulations.
Article about highlining in Verdon, France. Rules and regulations discussion.
Calgary Herald article about trying to gain approval to slackline.
UK Slacklining Code of Conduct
Slacklining as part of physical rehabilitation
State and National Parks
Yosemite Slackining Rules
Huntington State Park, UT
Coastal Activity Park (UK)
The first link below is a research study by a student in Jackson, Wyoming. This paper includes very good information, seems well researched, and addresses safety, tree damage and load, liability and other issues. It resulted in reasonable rules for Jackson parks. Quote from the paper from Jackson Certified Arborist Todd Graus: “Movement of the tree from slacklining merely mimics lateral forces that are produced by wind everyday”.
Senior capstone paper by Taylor Meadows.
Paper by Jesse Goldman about slacklining for middle school students as part of a mindfulness program.
A few colleges with clubs
University of Colorado (Closed group – request membership)
University of Puget Sound
Cal Poly Pomona
University of California – Berkley
University of Minnesota
West Virginia University
Humboldt State University
San Jose State
Rochester Institute of Technology
Where Slacklining is clearly legal (links below)
University of Colorado
Colorado School of Mines
University of Puget Sound
Chelan County, WA
Huntington State Park, UT
San Luis Obisbo, CA
San Diego, CA
Yosemite National Park
Where Slacklining is probably not legal (links below)
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Nevada – Reno
Isle Vista, CA
Policies / Regulations
Colorado Recreational Use Statute (thanks to American Whitewater for hosting the statue)
Links page from Slackline Technology. Links to a number of cities, parks and schools policies.
Slackline Technology document. This is a good document with a tree study by arborists.
Colorado School of Mines slacklining policy
Madison, WI slacklining rules and parks.
City of Davis, CA slacklining staff report.
Chelan County, WA slacklining rules.
Isla Vista, CA slacklining rules – prohibited in most cases.
Sal Luis Obisbo slacklining 12 month pilot program. Based on a study done by Arborists.
Final policy in San Luis Obisbo. This was adopted in 2013, five years after the study.
Slacklining rules for Wenatchee, WA
Boise, Idaho slacklining rules.
Bend, Oregon slacklining rules.
San Diego, CA Parks and Rec slacklining rules.
West Chester, Pennsylvania slacklining rules.
Austin, Texas slacklining rules.
Lakewood, Colorado slacklining rules for regional parks.
University of Nevada Reno – slacklining is illegal.
Aspen, Colorado Rec Center page on Slacklining
Boy Scouts of America slacklining rules.