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Rock climbing, obstacles proposed at new Seaside park

The project is from the owners of High Life Adventures
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on January 5, 2018 4:25PM

Location of a proposed adventure park at the south end of Seaside.

R.J. Marx/The Daily Astorian

Location of a proposed adventure park at the south end of Seaside.

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SEASIDE — Everybody needs a little adventure in their lives. That’s the premise of a new business from the owners of High Life Adventures seeking to open an adventure park and challenge course.

Neighbors include the Avamere assisted-living facility to the west of the property and Seaside Helicopters and Captain Kid Amusement Park on the east side of U.S. Highway 101.

In an October submission to the Planning Commission, owners’ representative Shane Dean described rock-climbing walls and a series of obstacles and other elements.

The 1.5-acre commercial property is owned by David and Lancey Larson of High Life Adventures, the zip line park in Warrenton.

Zoning allows outdoor amusement activities as a conditional use.

According to a city staff report, the use will complement nearby commercial businesses by catering to visitors desiring a more “adventurous” destination. The land around it is generally undeveloped, with a golf course and land owned by Clatsop County Housing Authority to the west and southern borders. An existing access to the highway will be maintained.

Impacts to traffic, utilities and infrastructure will be “very minimal,” according to the report. Traffic generated by the development can be accommodated safely and the proposal does not require a traffic impact analysis.

Additional conditions sought by the city include relocating handicapped spaces closer to the accessible route into the building and accommodation for long-term bike parking spaces. The owners must provide a drainage plan to indicate how drainage facilities will accommodate stormwater runoff from the parking lot and roof drains.

Modifications await review by the Planning Commission at a Jan. 16 work session, Dean said.

“We’ve got to bring those to the commission to see if they accept those,” he said. “If not, we may have to go back to the original plan or a public hearing.”


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