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Grand County needs to put conditions on Adventure Park

To the Editor:

This is a condensed version of the letter I e-mailed to the Grand County commissioners:

I attended your meeting on Sept. 23 and found it very informative.



My main concern with the proposed Adventure Park is water and sanitation, or lack of it. The applicant stated that they would use Porta-potties and put in a well at a later date. They estimated over 300 people a day would use the area, 125 cars at 2.5 persons per car.

Porta-potties for this number of users 7 days a week is not acceptable as it would be a public health issue. They applied to the state for a commercial well permit last month and do not know when, or if, it will be approved. They said they would consider putting in a septic and leech field system at a later date. I question how well that would work with irrigated pastures and livestock grazing above it or even if it could be put in at all due to the soil and ground water situation in the area.



I also would like to know what the impact of a commercial well would be on the domestic wells of the surrounding home owners, especially during prolonged droughts.

I question the need for the Adventure Park. The applicant stated the reason for the Adventure Park was to provide year round activities for the kids of the valley. There are many activities already available. In the summertime the proposed Adventure Park would add mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding across irrigated pastures with livestock grazing.

In the wintertime the Adventure Park would offer a tubing hill, cross country skiing, ice skating, and snow-scoots. At the meeting, when asked where the snow-scoots would operate, the applicant showed a map with a small oval track and said they would be confined to that area. It looked like a race track to me, and I’m sure that kids would treat it as such.

I am against snow-scoots operating in this area due to their noise and exhaust. They stated that their snow-scoots would have an 80 decibel noise level. How will the noise level be compounded when there are 20, 30, or more operating at one time? How will our air quality be affected by the exhaust from many machines running at one time, especially if there is a temperature inversion?

Noise carries much farther at night, especially since so many trees have been removed and many more will be in the future. Therefore, if snow-scoots are allowed in this area, I request that they be limited to daylight hours.

Also, I think that kids racing around an oval track on snow-scoots are accidents waiting to happen, especially if they are running at night.

As for needed year-round activities for the kids, I don’t see that they are offering much, except for the addition of the snow-scoots. I feel that the snow-scoots would be better off in their previous location, on the applicant’s other property at Grand Park.

In conclusion, if the special permit is authorized, I would request that an adequate water and sewer system be in place before operations are allowed to begin at the Adventure Park.

If snow-scoots are allowed, they should be confined to operations only during daylight hours. I think it would be wise to have everything spelled out in detail so that there is no confusion at a later date. (We don’t want the applicant to sue the county like he is suing the town of Fraser over misinterpretations.)

If road improvements need to be made due to increased usage by his customers, then he should pay for the road improvements, not the taxpayers.

Clint Brown

Fraser


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