Leavenworth Adventure Park OK’d under judge’s ruling

Chelan County Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt hears a case concerning the planned Leavenworth Adventure Park. (NCWLIFE photo)

WENATCHEE — A Chelan County judge says he’ll allow the planned Adventure Park on the west end of Leavenworth to go forward over opposition from a local citizens’ group.

In a written ruling issued Tuesday (pdf), Superior Court Judge Travis Brandt wrote that the Friends of Leavenworth civic association “failed to satisfy its burden of proof” to show why the $6 million Leavenworth Adventure Park should not begin construction at the intersection of Icicle Road and Highway 2. The ruling would allow the first phase of building at the park, whose design includes a climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and an “alpine coaster” built into the hillside.

Leavenworth Adventure Park artist’s rendering

Friends of Leavenworth asked Brandt last June to overrule approval of Phase 1, which was granted first by the city of Leavenworth and then, on appeal, by hearing examiner Andrew Kottkamp. The opponents said the project would lead to increased light, traffic, noise and parking shortages.

The group appealed to Brandt under the state Land Use Petition Act, which allows a challenge to planned developments if petitioners believe permitting law has not been properly followed. Brandt’s ruling found that the project went through all proper assessments, including environmental review.

The ruling follows a court hearing Nov. 6, where attorneys for the developers — D.R. Moffett and Associates of Mercer Island and Langston Properties LLC of Leavenworth — said the park isn’t likely to draw heavier traffic that the Bavarian theme town can handle.