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Grand County approves Adventure Park next to Fraser tubing hill

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

In a 2-1vote, Ellie and Daisy’s Adventure Park LLC gained Grand County’s approval to construct a sledding, ice-skating and snow-scooting operation, permitted for one year near Fraser, Colorado.

Commissioner James Newberry was the dissenting vote, saying he was “philosophically” opposed to anything that encroached into the meadow area.

He was not alone.

After Fraser business owner Melanie Zwick grilled planning employees and Byers Peak Properties Ellie and Daisy developer Clark Lipscomb about potential noise and lighting issues associated with the future park, Grand County Attorney Jack Dicola asked her if those issues were resolved, would she be in favor of the special use permit?

“No,” she said. “I think having a tubing hill next to a tubing hill is ridiculous and it’s not needed. And having the snow scoots so close to town, I don’t like that either.”

The Fraser Tubing Hill, an enterprise that’s been in operation for 25 years, is located next door to the newly approved Adventure Park. The Hill has been in operation prior to county zoning regulations, thus the county grandfathered in its use, noise and lighting.

Lipscomb’s operation, however, was thoroughly scrutinized by commissioners.

Tuesday’s hearing was the fourth time since last January the three-person board reviewed the Adventure Park permit.

At the last meeting, on Sept. 23, issues such as public sanitation, water and snow scoot (mini snowmobile) noise were brought up as major concerns.

Since then, however, Lipscomb and company resolved issues commissioners viewed as hurdles. Even Newberry, who opposed the project, commended Lipscomb for fixing permit obstacles.

Byers Peak received a commercial well permit, and a well driller has confirmed that a well is possible in the area, according to Byers Peak.

And, an Individual Sewage Disposal System is being designed by Ground Engineering of Winter Park for the site.

“In addition to the ISDS system, as requested by commissioners, we approached the Fraser Sanitation District about the prospects of extending the sewer line to the site and we are continuing to research this possibility,” according to statements from Byers Peak Properties.

The 20 or so snow scoot machines the Adventure Park expects to use will have 4-stroke engines and accelerate to about 12 miles per hour, Lipscomb said.

Such machines are quieter, more advanced versions than those rented by a previous operator in Cozens Meadow, he said.

“I don’t expect to have any issues whatsoever, and I’d welcome calls if I do,” Lipscomb said, adding that the snow scoots have been described to him as being quieter than a lawnmower.

In accordance with the approved special use permit, snow scoot operation must shut down by 6 p.m. daily.

As part of a long list of conditions, commissioners resolved to include monitoring Adventure Park noise levels during the first year, then establishing an appropriate decibel standard to which the operation must conform.

Lighting, too, cannot be a nuisance to neighbors.

Dale Sonnek of Winter Park spoke in favor of the Park, saying more recreational opportunities for youth are needed in the community, especially ones that pay taxes. With regulations in place as part of the special use permit, he said, the Adventure Park could be easily shut down if there ever were a problem.

On high-use days, it’s predicted the adventure park could attract about 250 people.

The Adventure Park’s accommodations this winter will include a modular facility with bathrooms, running water from a well with sewage flowing to a containment tank pumped by a professional.

Next year, Adventure Park officials plan to proceed with constructing a permanent facility.

A traffic study completed by Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig Engineering of Denver “shows that the road needs no improvements for the added capacity,” said Adventure Park officials.

Commissioners made a condition that if traffic to and from the Park one day warrants road improvements, Byers Peak Properties could be footing the bill.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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