N.Y. RV Park Owner Fights to Block ‘Zip Line’
Opposition to the 3,450-foot zip line proposed for French Mountain is headed to court in Warren County, N.Y., the Glens Falls Post-Star reported.
In May, Lake George RV Park, which owns 230 acres on the mountain neighboring the slope where the zip line is proposed, filed a lawsuit asking a judge to annul the Adirondack Park Agency’s March 14 approval of a permit application for the project, calling the decision “arbitrary.”
Lake George RV Park owner Dave King has said he is not against development but believes the zip line ride does not fit the town’s codes or 2007 Comprehensive Land Use Plan with its placement on the undeveloped French Mountain. He has also said the zip line would detract from his guests’ experience when they hike the mountain and it would change the mountain forever.
The ride, to be called the Bear Pond Zip Flyer, is proposed by Ralph Macchio Sr., of Long Island, whose family owns 652 acres on the mountain and the Wild West Ranch and Western Town, which he is working to reopen.
The project requires a total of 1 1/2 acres to be cleared for the placement of two towers connected by four 3/4-inch steel cables for the gravity-propelled ride. The lower tower would be in the town of Lake George near Macchio’s ranch on Bloody Pond Road while the top tower would be just below the mountain’s summit. Riders secured in harnesses would launch from a platform located a few hundred feet lower than the tower.
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