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WAKEBOARD PARK CLEARED FOR CONSTRUCTION IN MONROE
June 19, 2012
MAP shows where proposed wakeboard park would be located. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(MONROE, WA) -- The construction of a new wakeboard park in Monroe has been given the green light.
The Monroe city council voted 5-2 last week to approve a deal with the water sports company H3O Development to build the facility at tiny Lake Tye located at 14964 Fryelands Blvd.
The city, which owns the land on which the park would be built, will lease the land to H3O for 10 years with an option to extend the contract out another 15 years.
Construction will begin in the fall with an opening projected by June 2013.
H3O’s first year rent obligation to the city would be $12,000 and 2 percent of total sales. In the second year the fixed amount bumps up to $18,000 the second year and then $24,000 a year after that.
City officials project $1.4 million in revenue overt a 25-year span.
H3O’s plan is to construct six towers connected by cables on the south end of the lake that would function as the power supply to pull wakeboarders around the lake.
The system would negate the need for loud powerboats.
Some residents remain concerned about parking problems and noise in the immediate neighborhood that would be generated by such a park.
Others believe it will be a much-needed economic boost to the city and will bring new business to Monroe on a regular basis.
The wakeboard center would take up less than fifty percent of the lake’s 42-acres and would include a 2,500-foot retail shop, among other things.
Professional wake boarders competed on Lake Tye in Monroe in July of last year as the city served as a stop on the
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