Future Of The Leavenworth Adventure Now In The Hands Of The Court

The proposed Leavenworth Adventure Park would feature an alpine coaster, bungee trampoline and ropes course and would be constructed near Icicle Road and Highway 2 at the entrance to Tumwater Canyon.

The construction of the Adventure Park has pitted the parks developers against those who oppose its construction, Friends of Leavenworth with the City of Leavenworth in-between.

On Wednesday, attorneys for all three parties made their arguments before Chelan County Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt.

Attorney for Friends of Leavenworth, David Bricklin raised concerns of noise, lights, traffic, parking, the city’s determination that state law did not require an environmental impact statement for this project and that the alpine coaster exceeded height restrictions according to city code.

Thom Graafstra, Leavenworth’s attorney addressed the height issue saying the code is ambiguous (AM-big-u-us) in parts and that interpretation should be left to the city’s development services manager and that the city’s mitigated determination of non-significance adequately addressed the park’s potential environmental impacts.

Duana Koloušková, attorney for the developers, noted that such adventure parks are all over the country and in Europe and in keeping with Leavenworth’s Bavarian theme. And that the park would be located in a tourist-commercial zone.

There was no public testimony at the hearing and judge Brandt said he’d announce his decision as soon as possible.

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