Lubbock City Council approves zoning for Adventure Park

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 1:08 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2016 at 2:08 AM CDT
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John Hart expresses opposition to Adventure Park (Source: KCBD Video)
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday night, the Lubbock City Council approved a zoning ordinance for Adventure Park to be built at the former location of Putt Putt near 29th Drive and Marsha Sharp Freeway.

This decision comes after some opposition from homeowners in the area.

The plan has been in the works for months, following the fire that burned the former Putt Putt to the ground back in February.

This led to the idea of creating a new attraction on the grounds, and expanding onto the adjoining playa lake with a zip line and paddle boats.

While the original Adventure Park plan was met with some homeowner frustration, developer Kai Evans assured the council that developers would be willing to work out some compromises.

"We have tried very hard to work with the neighbors and I think we've come to a lot of agreements about Adventure Park," Evans said during citizen's comments.

Some of those agreements include purchasing newer go karts with silencers and creating a tree-lined fence on the north side of the property to help with noise, just to name a few.

Despite these changes, homeowner and Lubbock business man John Hart came to Thursday night's city council meeting with hopes that the council would vote against Adventure Park.

"As elected officials representing the citizens of Lubbock, like us, I hope that you take into account the affect a commercial endeavor like this will have on three sides, on the neighborhood that is on three different sides of this project," Hart said to the council.

However, Hart left the meeting disappointed.

"As the neighborhood we really didn't want the project to go forward. Especially the intrusion into the lake area," Hart said after the meeting. "We've fought a pretty good fight with them."

But Evans says the Adventure Park Team will continue to listen to the neighbors.

"We're glad that it ended on a note where we may not be on exactly the same page but we have made a lot of progress," Evans said following the meeting. "That ultimately was our goal, to be a good neighbor and work with them and work through some of the fears and some of the concerns and we feel like we've done a good job with that."

She says the team is grateful for the opportunity to move forward.

"We're excited about just bringing families together, having a great venue for families to come spend the day and spend time outside," Evans said. "So we're excited about having another attraction for Lubbock not only for visitors but for Lubbock as well."

Evans says Adventure Parks closes the deal Friday, Aug. 5, and will move forward with development of the park with a goal of opening in winter of 2017.

RELATED LINK: City of Lubbock Agenda Item 7.7

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