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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.

7 Comments

  1. Lon Sander on November 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Since I am severely handicapped and probably wouldn’t be able to use the park, I
    think that the park would be a wonderful
    attraction to the Leavenworth area.

  2. Lon Sander on November 8, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Since I am severely handicapped, I probably couldn’t use the park but I get much enjoyment just watching those who would enjoy it. It would be an excellent enhancement to the Leavenworth area.

  3. Jeff Jones on November 10, 2019 at 3:12 am

    I think it is a great idea and would create many more much needed jobs and business oportunities in our region, especially in the winter months. Let’s consider a couple trams up the mountain sides and show the world how beautiful we truly are. How about a castle or two atop a couple local peaks. What about a narrow gauge train in and around the city? Leavenworth is a tourist destination anyway, let’s make it more friendly and attractive to all.

  4. Margareta Dilley on November 10, 2019 at 6:52 am

    The proposed Adventure Park would negatively affect the character of Leavenworth. We are a tourist mountain village with tons of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, river sports, skiing etc..
    Residents of Leavenworth do not want or need this ill conceived project nor can we accommodate additional traffic and parking.

  5. Chris tubbs on November 10, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I think we need a park there really nothing around here like that a so I’m all for it

  6. Mary williams on November 10, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Leavenworth should be left as it is. It I’d a pleasant place to visit why ruin it. Is money all that is important? The simple life is the greatest pleasure

  7. RICHARD SCHWARTZ on November 12, 2019 at 7:22 am

    What is really needed is gondola up into the Enchantments along with a giant water slide back down to town.

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