Gateway Park Course Setter Notes

Welcome

Welcome to Gateway Park in Fort Worth.

The Map

The map will be at a scale of 1:7500 with a 2.5 meter contour interval.

Terrain

Most of the park is fairly flat with low lying areas. The east side of the park does have steep, rocky slopes. Orange, Green and Red will be climbing a lot. The dry watercourses and ditches often look like paths. If there has been significant rain in the week prior to the event, many of these low spots may be full of water or very muddy.

The frequently mown, lawn grass areas are fairly smooth. Other open areas can be very uneven. The less frequently mown areas might reach 5 feet high.

Hazards

The woods contain some typical hazards for this region including poison ivy, greenbriar thorns, and rusty barbed wire fences. Ticks are more prevalent this year in the park. All orienteers, other than those on the White and Yellow courses, are encouraged to wear long pants and/or gaiters for leg protection.

Cyclists

The concrete and dirt trail system is used by cyclists who often ride fast and can easily come upon you unexpectedly. To be safe, travel alongside the paths if possible, especially if in a group or on the narrower dirt trails. If you pause to read your map, DO NOT stand in the bikepath. Don't wander across the bikepath without looking for bicycle traffic.

The Orange, Brown, Green, and Red will go to areas of complex mountain bike trails built and maintained by FWMBA (Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association). FWMBA riders have been alerted to our presence in the area and have been very cooperative. Please be respectful of any riders you see. Again, please don't block the trails, and be alert for bike riders.

Athletic Fields

The courses will go near some soccer fields and baseball fields. Please do not run through any fields where games are underway. All courses will be in and around the Disc Golf course. Golfers are throwing heavy, plastic disks so keep an eye out for them. Disc golf baskets are noted with a circle and x. Some baskets on the map have been removed and others have been added.

Road and Bridges

This is a city park, so there are roads around and through the park, but you should NOT cross any major roads while orienteering. White, Yellow and Brown will NOT cross any fences. Orange may have to climb over a metal pole fence if the gate is closed. Orange, Green and Red will cross at gaps in the fencing.

Courses

The offered courses are White A, White B, Yellow A, Yellow B, Orange, Brown, Green, and Red. Standard punch cards will be used on White and Yellow. Orange, Brown, Green and Red will use electronic punches.

The White courses are of average length for White but are flat and elementary. Yellow courses are of short length and low difficulty for Yellow. The Orange course is average and is a mix of easy and moderately difficult legs. Brown, Green, and Red courses are of average length for advanced courses and include easy, moderate and difficult legs.

White A - 2.3 K, 11 M climb
White B - 2.3 K, 11 M climb
Yellow A - 3.8 K, 30 M climb
Yellow B - 3.7 K, 28 M climb
Orange - 6.2 K, 42 M climb
Brown - 4.0 K, 24 M climb
Green - 6.0 K, 80 M climb
Red - 7.0 K, 75 M climb

Special Features

Special man-made features (represented by X or O) on the map and clue sheets can mean signs, benches, picnic tables, poles, posts, guy wires, and the like. And X and O combined is a disc golf basket.

Safety

Orange, Green and Red are going east of the river while White, Yellow and Brown stay on the west side. Gateway is in sections so safety bearing will heavily depend on your approximate location. If you do not understand safety bearings, please discuss this with your coach or attend the beginner clinic before setting out. All runners must check in at finish (or the download station at the Event Center) even if they do not complete the course.

Sheila Doyle

 

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