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Utah paragliders trying to save the Point of the Mountain

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Encroaching construction is threatening a popular pastime at what's called the "Point of the Mountain". Paragliders tell ABC 4 their sport could suffer dramatically if something isn't done fast.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Encroaching construction is threatening a popular pastime at what's called the "Point of the Mountain". Paragliders tell ABC 4 their sport could suffer dramatically if something isn't done fast.

Paragliding is a popular sport in Utah and Friday night people who do it say it's in danger.

"We're actually all really scared," said Jonathan Jeffries, paraglider.

"This is the very first time they've taken a chunk out of the skyline," Chris Santacroce, paraglider.

They're talking about Geneva Rock construction crews digging at the Point of the Mountain between Salt Lake and Utah Counties. The more crews dig, the less mountain is left for paragliders and hang gliders.

"As soon as that ridge is taken down, it changes the wind flow, the air flow, and we can't get up high like we used to anymore. Our flight park will pretty much be ruined," said Jeffries.

So Friday more than 30 paragliders met to see how they can stop the bulldozers.

"There's two options on the table, one is a land purchase, one is a land swap," said one paraglider at the meeting.

"One day this part we're standing on could be gone and there's no way to put it back," said one paraglider in a youtube video.

They also made a youtube video titled "Point of the Mountain - Please Help" to draw more more people to their cause.

"It's now, it's not six years from now, 10 years from now, anything else, this is happening now," said a paraglider in the youtube video.

They're hoping someone can help them preserve the land and the pastime they love.

"This is a jewel, this is a famous place. People come from all over the world to fly here," said Jeffries.

"To see something like this happen it's just so sad," said Emily Yates, paraglider.

"We need your resources, your ideas, we need your support," said Santacroce.

If you want to help, go to http://savethepotm.org/.

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