Time to Re-Brand Wenatchee?
Wenatchee is apparently now the home to about 35 acres of apples. From the looks of things at the South end of town, Wenatchee might be the permanent home of 18 or 20 Boeing 737 fuselages. The 737 Fuselage Capital of the World?
Reject the Adventure Park
After attending the public hearing on April 30, it’s become more obvious that the Leavenworth Adventure park should be rejected.
There was massive public opposition with people expressing their concerns about what this park would do to Leavenworth’s character, small town identity and quality of life. It was clear that people really care about this community.
In contrast, the small handful of supporters were business interests who would benefit financially, some with obvious conflicts of interest.
While the hearing had a narrow focus on Code and the Comprehensive Plan, this level of public opposition can’t be ignored. Yet, the City and the Chamber intend to do just that. They are willing to insult and offend the larger Leavenworth community which supports the Leavenworth economy in favor of out of town developers.
In the real world, this makes no sense. Something else is going on here.
Later in the afternoon when Mr. Moffett the developer spoke, he said that his family developed and operated Snoqualmie Pass.
Then, he said he wanted to put an alpine coaster at the Pass but the Forest Service denied it. Apparently, at least two other locations also rejected the alpine coaster.
The obvious question is why — when it was rejected at other areas —would Leavenworth want it?
Given that 90 percent of the speakers at the public hearing spoke in opposition to the park, the answer is that we don’t want it either.
Along with this, the Growth Management Act recognizes the importance of rural lands and rural character to the states overall quality of life. It encourages a vision of rural character to help preserve rural economies and traditional lifestyles. It also encourages business opportunities that are compatible to the preservation of open space and which enhance the rural sense of community.
The Adventure Park does none of this and should be rejected.