Amaze’n Steamboat seeks to add to facility |

Amaze’n Steamboat seeks to add to facility

— Greg Gallavan is trying to see how much fun he can pack into 3 acres at Amaze’n Steamboat.

Gallavan, who owns the Steamboat fun park in addition to similar parks in Winter Park and Breckenridge, will go before the Planning Commission tonight to try to get a permit to open a bumper-boat pool and potentially a climbing wall at Amaze’n Steamboat. The recreation park with a human maze and miniature golf course is off U.S. 40 behind the chamber visitor center.

The Planning Commission will not vote on the proposal tonight because it is a conceptual review, meant to give the applicant more information about the feasibility of the proposal.

The eight electric bumper boats would be in a three-foot pool with a lining situated next to the human maze. The maze has been a popular attraction since it opened six years ago, said Gray Kohlhase, the manager of the fun park.

The 24-foot climbing wall with an automatic belaying system is still a tentative proposal, Kohlhase said. Because there are already other climbing walls in the city, the business might not want to compete.

The bumper boats, however, could be a boon for the business, Kohlhase said. He said it could be a good way to give the community and visitors a new water attraction because commercial tubing on the Yampa has become more limited this summer.

City Planner Leif Myhre said he doesn’t think there are a great deal of controversial issues with the project, though Planning Commission may discuss everything from a fence to keep children from going into Fish Creek to the height of the climbing wall.

The Planning Commission will also review a development permit for a rezone to Sunray Meadows subdivision at the corner of Village Drive and Meadow Lane. It may also undertake a conceptual review for Eaglecrest at Eagleridge. Planning staff has also recommended that Planning Commission postpone a permit for Graystone Park until July 26 to allow the applicant to present further information.

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