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Grand County commissioners reject further Adventure Park uses

TONYA BINA
SKY-HI DAILY NEWS
Grand County, Colorado

Visitors and adventure seekers of Grand County won’t be able to ride a zip line at Ellie and Daisy’s Adventure Park this summer.

For that and four other proposed Adventure Park activities, Grand County commissioners denied permission on Tuesday.

In a public hearing, Ellie and Daisy’s and Grand Park general managers David Walters and Clark Lipscomb sought additions to the park’s special-use permit to operate activities such as paintball, zip lining, summer tubing and ATV touring.

Ellie and Daisy’s Adventure Park was granted permission last year to offer commercial tubing, horseback riding, mountain biking, ice skating, snowscooting, Nordic ski jumping and other activities at the Fraser Valley site. The park offered a fraction of those activities in its first year of operation.

With its new tubing operation, the park proved to be a “successful venue,” according to Walters.

But not having had other permitted activities in operation turned out to be a setback when Walters and Lipscomb sought additions to the adventure menu.

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“I don’t think we’ve gone through a whole season of the existing uses to understand. I think there are a lot of questions that have come up under the existing permit, and I don’t think we’ve had the chance to address all of those,” said County Commissioner James Newberry who earlier had moved to deny amendments to the Ellie and Daisy’s permit. The motion passed unanimously.

“We haven’t really seen a full season,” concurred Commissioner Nancy Stuart. “It was a contentious thing, so let’s make sure it’s a good thing before we put more on it.”

Several neighbors had testified against the park’s lighting and potential noise with added uses.

Grand Park’s Lipscomb declined to comment after the decision.

The denied uses for this summer are not the only augmented activities park officials may seek. In a phase-in plan, Ellie and Daisy’s managers list skiing and snowboarding for winter 2009-2010, and hay rides, ropes courses and synthetic-slope mountain boarding for the following summer. Go-carts are no longer listed among proposed future activities.

A permit renewal hearing for Ellie and Daisy’s is scheduled for July 14.

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