Neighbors worried by plans for Adventure Park on Putt-Putt site

Published: Jun. 7, 2016 at 11:24 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2016 at 11:50 PM CDT
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John Hart (Source: KCBD)
John Hart (Source: KCBD)
Adventure park plan (Source: Kai Evans)
Adventure park plan (Source: Kai Evans)
John Hart's backyard view (Source: KCBD)
John Hart's backyard view (Source: KCBD)
Adventure Park logo (Source: Kai Evans)
Adventure Park logo (Source: Kai Evans)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new Adventure Park is in the works for Lubbock. While many are excited about the possibility, neighbors are upset that new developments would include expanding into the adjoining playa lake.

John Hart says he moved here for the view over the lake and the solitude, and the Adventure Park expansion would be an intrusion.

Developers want to build on the former Putt-Putt site near 29th Drive and the Marsha Sharp Freeway.

Neighbors say the playa lake is beautiful and the area around it is peaceful, but developers say it has become a dumping ground for vagrants.

Developers say they would install a zip line as part of the new Adventure Park over the lake.

John Hart is a Lubbock businessman and homeowner on the edge of the lake who says he chose that house because of the view and serenity.

"In this quiet residential neighborhood, to have people 30 or 40 feet up in the air and maybe the lighting that might go with it," Hart said. "Along with a zip line comes screaming."

Kai Evans is the developer for Adventure Park. She says they plan on preserving and enhancing the view.

"Right now it's becoming kind of a dumping ground. They've had loitering and some problems of that sort," Evans said. "We really hope to take care of the problems that they've had."

Hart says he's also concerned about the noise from the go kart tracks. Evans says modern go karts are now equipped with silencers but Hart says he is not convinced.

"I just can imagine the sound of ten or more go karts going round and round," said Hart. "They make a lot of noise, they squeal their tires and we're just not too happy about having to sit in our backyard and listen to that."

He is worried that the value of his property will decrease because of the proximity of the new park but Evans says new jobs generated by the park will invigorate Lubbock's economy.

"It's over $3 million annually that it will inject into the Lubbock economy, and that is a conservative estimation," Evans said.

Jeff Griffith is councilman for that district. He says he hopes both sides can come to a resolution through concessions.

"The problem is that we've got noise level then that's a concern to the neighborhood," Griffith said. "But it is an advantage to grow businesses in our city that can add recreation."

The issue will go before Planning and Zoning next Tuesday at City Hall and it is there that Lubbock citizens can voice their opinions.

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