By Polly Keary, Editor
Developers of a cable tow park that will carry water sports enthusiasts around Lake Tye by means of a pulley system hoped to open in time for the summer season.
But now the park will open this fall at the earliest, because of a last-minute decision by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Initially, the Corps of Engineers didn’t think it was their jurisdiction,” said Brad Smith of H30, the company that will build the park. “They got back to us in February and said they’d changed their minds.”
Now the Corps of Engineers predicts that the soonest H30’s application can be reviewed is late June or early July.
Once the project gets the okay from the Corps of Engineers, the developer will apply for the necessary city permits, which Smith believes they could have by mid-July.
Once they have the permits in hand, the developers can start grading work, which is expected to take about three months.
“The reality of the timetable now is that we may be able to get finished for the fall season in late September or early October,” said Smith. “We will probably use that as a training period and an opportunity for the community to give it a try, and have a grand opening in spring of 2014.”