#PortalAppealReview +NIA Ops
Ingress Portal - Rejected Submission
- Elephant Rock
- 46.766699, -92.137409
- Rejected for not meeting criteria.
- I understand why this portal submission would be perceived as not meeting portal criteria under the old and new guidelines. At first glance it appears to just be some cleverly named nothing as an attempt to make a portal. I can assure you this is not the case. Please consider the following evidence:
1) Elephant Rock is a staple in West Duluth (Lincoln Park district) going back generations. My grandma would tell us stories about "Elephant Rock" from when she was a kid. This goes back 70 years where the locals referred to this location as "Elephant Rock". This portal location not only highlights a piece of local history, it expands knowledge about the local flavor of Duluth you won't get on a post card or brochure.
2) A popular place for picnics, playtime, meeting up in a park, just hanging out to chit chat and a disc golf course plays right by it.
3) A google search shows that Elephant Rock is officially recognized as such by the Duluth Parks and Recreation. Please see the references below
a) This article in Zenith City Online highlights the magic and local legend Elephant Rock is. http://zenithcity.com/lincoln-park-a-magical-playground-and-natural-wonder/
b) It's marked on Wikimapia. A crowd sourced mapping system where someone felt it was important enough to list as part of our community. http://wikimapia.org/26619413/Elephant-Rock
c) In a local poll for the best playground in Duluth, Lincoln Park is listed with "Elephant Rock" being a feature of the playground. http://mix108.com/best-playgrounds-in-duluthsuperior-our-top-five/
d) It has it's own Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elephant-Rock/194126350623286?sk=info
e) It is referred to as "Elephant Rock" on the City of Duluths Parks and Recreation page as an actual feature and location in Lincoln Park. It is even used as a landmark for giving instructions on how to find other features in the same park. http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/parks-history/lincoln-park/
4) This is a location that encourages getting out and walking. While you can get close to the portal from the road, you will need to park and hike back to actually capture this portal. This is something portal criteria is big on.
I hope you will reconsider overturning the decision to deny this portal. This not just a strange but natural feature. This location has been much more for generations and will continue for generations as we continue to tell our kids about "Elephant Rock".