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Developers of the proposed Leavenworth Adventure Park got the news they hoped for.

On Monday, the city of Leavenworth’s hearing examiner Andrew Kottkamp issued two decisions regarding the park – upholding the environmental determination of no impact and approving the conditional use permit.

However Kottkamp did include several conditions for issuing the permit. They include providing adequate parking – especially if the park is expanded after the first phase of construction – noise abatement, adding crosswalks, sidewalks and bike racks, and keeping lightning minimal.

This was the second time the developers applied for a conditional use permit.

Opponents now have three weeks to challenge the decision in Chelan County Superior Court, which appears likely considering the 200-plus people who attended last month’s all-day hearing at the Festhalle and a group called Friends Of Leavenworth that formed to appeal the permit applications.

If no appeal is filed, the developers can, and likely would, move forward with the project, if they agree to the conditions of approval from the hearing examiner.


  1. CJ Elliott on May 26, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I am so appalled at the short-sightedness of our mayor and several City Council members.
    This whole “park idea” is based on a 4-letter word: CASH.
    I’m praying that we will see this resolved based on a different word with four letters: LIFE.
    What would bring Life to us who live here year-round?

  2. Beth Olszewski on May 26, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Huge, huge mistake.
    The attraction to the beautiful town of Leavenworth is already in place.
    This park will not enhance the town. It will cheapen it, create noise and traffic and in my opinion keep your base of (ample) tourist away.
    Who is making the all mighty dollar on this awful idea???
    That’s the million dollar question.

  3. Roger DeClements on July 6, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Everyone who has a brain knows this as castle hill. The original vision for Leavenworth created in the sixties is a bavarian themed tourist town. All that is missing over and over again is the ability of the city to add an authentic castle or castle ruin to compliment the existing architecture. Perfect castle sites such as Leavenworth’s castle hill are rare. Seems the castle curse of Leavenworth has yet to be broken.

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