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No Zipline Park in Woodinville

GravityWorks, the company that proposed the project for Gold Creek Park, has withdrawn its plans

 

The controversial plan to put in Woodinville has been scrapped by the company that proposed it in the wake of protests from homeowners in the neighborhood.

GravityWorks notified the county that it was abandoning plans to open a park that would have included 12 ziplines, a lodge (the old Boys and Girls Club building would be remodeled) and gift shop, maintenance building, at the 38-acre Gold Creek Park. The county in turn notified organizers of Preserve Gold Creek Park, the opposition group that formed to keep the park out of Hollywood Hill and Gold Creek Park.

Here is the text of the letter the county sent:

Dear citizen,

We are writing to inform you that GravityWorks has withdrawn its proposal for a zipline facility at Gold Creek Park in pursuit of another location. Consequently, we are cancelling the June 6th public meeting. Working with partners and the community, King County Parks has a goal of creating collaborative and sustainable projects and events that create recreational opportunities, while preserving our 26,000 acres of open space as outlined in our business plan.  As part of this process we have appreciated the input you have provided and your engagement in this effort.   We hope that you continue to enjoy the park and please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.

 Sincerely,

Butch Lovelace ~ Program Manager ~ King County Parks 

Since the project was announced in April, residents of Hollywood Hill, where Gold Creek Park is located, opposed the plan. The grassroots organization did not so much oppose a zipline adventure park as the location for this project.

“It’s all about perspective isn’t it?” said Valentina Giovannetti, Hollywood Hill resident and an organizer of the Preserve Gold Creek Park group. “Someone in the Parks Department views the unspoiled wildness of Gold Creek Park and sees an opportunity to partner with a commercial operation to build an adventure park with ziplines crisscrossing its entire 38 acres of forested hills and valleys in the heart of King County. ... They smell welcome income from licensing the park to outfitters who will package groups of excitement-seekers.”

The county may have garnered as much as $160,000 in annual revenue if the 30,000-40,000 visitors the zipline developers were hoping to attract used the adventure park.

“It’s just inappropriate,” grumbled Jon Garber, a realtor in the area for 32 years, at one of the opposition groups events (). “You don’t license an adventure park in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood.”

Residents opposing the park’s development said the park was avidly used by hikers and equestrians and were concerned that those people would be pushed out from using the county park if the zipline was developed.

Woodinville Patch was unable to reach Butch Lovelace at the county or GravityWorks for comment.


Dale Knapinski May 30, 2012 at 12:55 AM
King County still has serious financial problems. The King County council has shown a willingness to desecrate parks, rural, agricultural, and protected areas in the name of generating revenue. Hold onto your wallets and purses, and expect every trick in the book to get your money.
Bronwyn May 30, 2012 at 02:25 AM
I am not above pay-for-play, particularly in the current economy - every public employee is trying their level best to keep their patch of public services from the chopping block even if it's a much-loved and much-valued asset. Teachers, Fire, Police, Library, Roads, Parks - they are all under the collective cross hairs of targeted reductions in "government". Although a great many of us expect that any reduction in government spending still allows us the unfettered liberty of calling an effective 911, the assurance of quality education, the pristine forests for hikes, the collective "for the good of communities" decisions, a few are now discovering that removing operating income from public service doesn't have a huge impact on the country or it's operating budget, but it is very meaningful to residents - yet we vote down every levy, tax, fee, and "government plan" like they are all evil, then rail against the very body we defunded for considering alternate funding sources. At what point can we agree that the natural areas we value, the teachers we need, the 911 response that we expect, and the roads we drive on are funded by us, and they are simply not free? If the government in your neighborhood, area, zipcode, state, country, is staffed by political professionals, what better reaction than removing them by running yourself? When did spending on parks become obscene but giving millions to polital campaigns become the norm? This is not free. We can't treat it like it is.
John Snow May 30, 2012 at 04:20 AM
I congratulate the residents of Hollywood Hill, Preserve Gold Creek Park, the Hollywood Hill Saddle Club, and the Hollywood Hill Association for their successful resistance against this inappropriate use of Gold Creek Park. I also hope GravityWorks can find another King County Parks site more suitable for their zipline park. It would have the potential to be a win-win proposal for GW and KCP!
Dave Henry May 30, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Yes, congratulations, absolutely yes, on a job well done. It certainly appears that the HollyWood Hill Association, the farm valley community and surrounding neighbors and all negatively affected parties stepped up and took the fight directly to KC and the politicans. I was not that involved in all of the technical data, including the appropriate zoning for that area for the proposed Zip Line, but all parties stepped up and did their homework and became very well informed in generally what local governments don't want you to know. When ordinary citizens become active, concerned and involved, do their homework, become informed and work to become prepared and then take the fight directly to the politicans, great things will happen. Your efforts are an inspiration to the other communities that are facing their own battles with the city of Woodinville, the Woodinville Sewage Dump, the Woodinville Water District and KC. Politicans count on apathy, or I'm too busy, or let someone else do it, or it's hard work taking on a local government . Again great job on stepping up ******************LET FREEDOM RING Dave Henry
Grunty McSnortle May 30, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Now if we can all agree on a revenue package to keep essential county services from being hacked and slashed without devolving into a pack of baboons... (oh, wait... never mind.)
Grunty McSnortle May 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Congratulations indeed! This gives us all hope that the long-ignored, downtrodden equestrians in our midst may finally be ready to rise up and throw of the chains of their oppression! Viva la lucha!
Mark Giovannetti June 01, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Congratulations to the entire community for rallying around common sense. Even though we were told by some that we were "fighting a losing battle", with the combined voices of like minded people and a well respected Land Use Attorney, Gravity Works realized that they had strong opposition indeed. Mark Giovannetti
Mark Giovannetti June 01, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Also- A special thank you to the fine folks at the Sammamish Valley Grange in Woodinville for the use their facilities for several meetings. For information on this fine organization call (425) 398-3701.
Wynn Silence December 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
You should all chip in money to save the park.

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