The Hearing Examiner has allowed planning for the proposed adventure park at Icicle Road and US2 in Leavenworth to proceed. The project had been opposed by many Leavenworth area residents  citing traffic, noise and light problems. See the project documents and decision below:

The Approval and Conditions.

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Dock float adrift at Crescent Beach

The dock float below has been hanging around the Crescent Beach area on the North Shore over the winter but is now adrift in that area so if you’re missing one…………………

 KING televisons Evening Magazine program at 7:30 PM tonight will feature a visit to the 59’er Diner and possibly some other Lake Wenatchee area sites. There will be some video footage that shows a gathering of classic cars at the Diner, including a couple of them owned by locals Dennis Broughton and Kelly McDaniels. Take a look-  this oughta be fun!


 County Commissioner Kevin Overbay will continue the second-Friday meetings with constituents in Plain this Friday, May 10th. The meeting will begin at 9AM in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodge, the first building South of Plain Grocery. These meetings have been well attended and lively so bring your questions or comments. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

 Dawson D’Atre of Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue placed first in his division in the Firefighter Challenge hosted by Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth on Saturday, April 27th. Dawson completed the 10k run in just over an hour, sprinting to the finish line. Good job, Dawson!  You make us proud………

 This weekend April 27-28, 2019 we are hosting a volunteer work party. We will provide free lodging and meals for all those who are in attendance. This is a great way to come get some hands on work and enjoy fellowship here at camp.
We need folks who can (safely) run a saw and help pile up brush as we continue to Firewise the property, spread wood chips and maybe even run a wood splitter, rebuild a greenhouse and sweep off cabin roofs. We have a couple carpentry projects and could use folks with those skills as well.

Some of the projects that we need volunteers for are: Cleaning of the cabins, opening up the waterfront and archery range for the summer season, painting projects, tending to burn piles/cleaning up storm debris eating of s’mores and much more!

Show up at the main Lodge anytime between 8am and 5pm on Saturday. If you plan to stay the weekend we ask that you please RSVP so we can plan on food and accommodations. If you would like more information or to RSVP contact Tim McElravy, Camp Director at or at (509) 763-9622.

We’re for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility

Tim McElravy, Camping Services Director
Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp, 15263 North Shore Drive

Last summer, developers from Seattle filed an application with the City of Leavenworth to build an Adventure Park on a 10 acre parcel at the corner of Icicle Road and US 2.  The final stage in the approval process is a public hearing scheduled for April 30th at the Festhalle in Leavenworth.

The project includes an alpine coaster that will extend to the top of the mountain, bungee trampolines, and a climbing wall. Additional outdoor “adventures” and a restaurant are proposed for the second phase of the project.

Local residents are very concerned about increasing gridlock of traffic at the US 2/Icicle Road intersection, noise from patrons using the coaster and other attractions, night sky lighting, and parking.

Despite hundreds of written comments in opposition to this project, the City’s staff are recommending approval.  Friends of Leavenworth, a recently established local nonprofit, has been leading the opposition to this project. Friends of Leavenworth has hired an attorney to prepare for the public hearing on April 30th and is collecting funds to help with this expense.  Please go to the Friends website for more information about Adventure Park. And, please come to the hearing on April 30th to voice your concerns about this project.

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 Connie Nichols passed away on February 8th. Connie was the long-time teacher at the old Winton School in it’s original location,  was the volunteer founding  secretary and admin person for Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue during its formative and early years as Chelan County Fire District 9 and was also a former manager of Ponderosa.  Connie  was a delightful, high-energy member of our community and will be missed by many.

A memorial service for Connie will be held at 2:00 PM this Saturday, April 13th, at the Red Lion in on North Wenatchee Avenue in Wenatchee.

Sign Up for Spring Chipping this Week

Cascadia and DNR will once again host a Free Spring Chipping event.  Even if this is not on your radar at the moment, you should still take the simple step of registering.  Registration is now open through April 15.  Upon registration, you will be sent a packet of information with which you can determine if this program is for you.

  Attached is an info flyer you can sign up through the link on Cascadia’s website or directly here:

 County Commissioner Bob Bugert will continue his monthly meetings with constituents in Plain at 9AM Friday, April 12th, in the conference room of Beaver Valley Lodging which is the first building immediately south of Plain Grocery. Mr.Bugert plans to bring Director of Community Development Dave Kuhl with him and Commissioner Overbay may also be in attendance. These meetings have been informative, lively and well-attended so bring your questions/comments on county issues and join us!  Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Senate Bill 5153 Proposes to raid the snowmobile account to the tune of $2,000,000.  This could effect non-motorized Snowparks as well.
There is a Senate Ways and Means hearing on the bill Monday Apr 1st afternoon at 3:30 P.M.
Contact your Senator and let them know it is unacceptable to raid the dedicated snowmobile account. Following are several reasons – feel free to add others:
-The raid on the snowmobile account funds will have an adverse effect on recreational safety and local economies that depend on snowmobiling during the winter months.
-This is a breach of the use of the dedicated funding – it is a user pay system.  Snowmobilers pay for the program – the State provides no general funds.
-There are no “extra” funds in the account.  The program currently has funding to meet only 80% of it’s needs.
-The program is not funded on an estimated revenue basis – It is pay as you go.  Snowmobile registration funds collected this year will pay for the snowmobile program next year.  Without these funds, trails will not be groomed, law enforcement will not occur, trail heads (sno-parks) will not be plowed.  Commitments for next years funds are already in place.
-The impact will be far wider than just snowmobilers, as there are many other users of the groomed trail system and Sno-Parks (trailheads).
-The transfer of funds from the snowmobile account to State Parks preventative maintenance will NOT help State Parks.  It will increase administrative costs to terminate contracts already in place that provide winter services – such as snow removal, grooming, law enforcement, sanitation.  Many of the contracts are shared services with the winter recreation program (non-motorized) and will adversely affect those users because of a lack of funding.  It is basically ‘robbing from Peter to pay Paul’.
– Raiding the snowmobile account sets a bad precedent.  Other dedicated accounts will be more vulnerable to these actions.

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