Everyone has very good points here, but there is a common denominator in the discussion.
1- Negativity. Nothing comes easy, specially when you want something really bad.
2- Adam change the tittle to American Meca of Parkour Concept or something. La Dame Du Lac will never be substituted, period. But we can do something similar or even better.
3- Nick, although it is a very noble idea, how many people do you think would be willing to put money down for something that will not benefit their state or themselves. Not saying that no one would, we have great people within the community. But if I get your idea right, it would be the same we are talking about here. We dont necessarily mean to create a big structure or park where people can go crazy climbing all over. But maybe a place where people can go an gather together, train, learn, share. This place off course would be parkour inspired. With all the tool we need to train safety and be challenge as well. So, again, if that is what you are referring to, then we are all in the same page.
So again, let recap.
Dame Du Lac structure is out of question.
I like the warehouse idea. It is something that Adam and I have discussed already to have happening here (with a car inside, benches, mats, rails, build in walls etc). Maybe on a national level this can be done even bigger than him and I have ever had in mind. A place where people all around the country can go and train with those who we only know in the forum or from articles and what not. Maybe this place has an extra big room with bunker beds for hosting visitors from other cities who cant afford a hotel. A place big enough to have all we need, urban inspired as well as gym like places, where we WONT EVER GET KICKED OUT FROM. Creating the "perfect" spots under one roof. National jams, classes, everything can happen there.
Annual fees, maybe for locals. Visitors from inner states, hmmm? Maybe a lower annual membership, like very very low, since some may go like one or twice a year, but that way the place has a source of money to be kept up and running. Something could be arrange but charging to use the place would not be fair as it would also not be fair for the person in charge of it to have all the work on his/her shoulders. Visitors can help by putting work, cleaning, painting if needed. Anything, donations are accepted.
Yes, there would have to be a "staff" someone with a key and ownership, there are bills to pay. Maybe this could be a place supported by all the american community, donations and what not. Plus is the place is teaching classes that would e a source of income right there.
It is something to think through, but we have thousands of brains here, I am sure we can come out with something.