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Park agency approves zip line project

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March 14, 2014

By, Amanda Metzger

The Adirondack Park Agency on Thursday approved a proposed zip line project, “The Bear Pond Zip Flyer.” The 3,400 linear foot zip line ride would launch from a new platform proposed on French Mountain in Queensbury and end at Bear Pond Ranch in Wild West Ranch and Western Town in Lake George.

The project, proposed by Ralph Macchio Sr., the father of “Karate Kid” actor Ralph Macchio, heads to the Queensbury Planning Board Tuesday after also gaining approval by the Lake George Planning Board in February 2013.

The APA staff recommended approval with some conditions. A 12-page memo from Richard Weber, deputy director of the APA, said the “visual impacts that might be created by the project are in part mitigated by careful design and vegetation management proposals. The existing trees adjacent to the tower and launch area will partially screen these elements located near the summit. The proposed vegetation management plan for the required cleared area will soften the project’s contrast with the natural setting. The proposed development in the base area is considered compatible with the existing commercial development.”

The Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway said the group is disappointed with the APA’s decision.
“We opposed approval without more aggressively addressing visual issues, clearing of vegetation, noise, and water quality concerns,” he said in a statement

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