April 23, 2012
June 6 meeting set to discuss proposed zipline feature in King County’s Gold Creek Park
King County Parks wants to hear from neighbors and others interested in a proposal from a locally based company to build a zipline adventure park at Gold Creek Park in Woodinville.
The proposal by GravityWorks would include designing, building and operating an ecologically themed zipline facility in the park. The proposed project would bring significant funding to support public parks, and provide ecological benefits to Gold Creek Park, such as invasive species removal, forest management planning that includes planting hundreds of new trees, and improving the existing degraded trail system.
A public meeting has been scheduled for June 6 from 7-9 p.m. at Northshore Junior High School, 12101 NE 160th St., Bothell.
King County Parks staff have heard concerns from some nearby neighbors and the equestrian community about how such an enterprise might affect current park use, degrade wildlife habitat, increase noise from zipliners and increase traffic.
At the meeting, Parks staff will share preliminary design details and gather public input about the proposal. Staff will also talk about how developing successful, revenue-generating partnerships – as outlined by Parks’ business plan – is an essential component to providing recreation opportunities.
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