By Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer
MONROE — The city could take in about $58,500 in revenue during the first year if it approves a wakeboarding park at Lake Tye.
It could also take away the peace and quiet that has made the park a jewel to Monroe residents.
These are the two of the issues the Monroe City Council has to consider when they decide whether to allow H3O Development to build a wakeboarding park at the south end of the lake, located at 14964 Fryelands Blvd.
H3O wants to build eight lattice towers connected by cables on the south end of Lake Tye. The cables would pull wakeboarders around the lake without the need of a boat.
On Tuesday night, the owners of the Sammamish-based company gave a presentation to address several issues the council and the public have made about the park, such as parking space, sound and liability issues.
Among other things, they said H3O would build an additional 25 parking spaces, take over liability issues and cover all building costs.
“We are going to add an activity within the city. We are not taking any activity away,” said Greg Dick, one of the owners of H3O.
Opponents argue Lake Tye is not a good place for wakeboarding, it will disrupt kayaking and fishing, and the noise would affect walkers and others using the park.
“We are losing a place of serenity,” park user Krystal Shaver said. “The people in the city are only losing something, not gaining. It’s not fair to us.”
Tim Bailey, of Monroe, opposes the wakeboarding park proposal. He said that if H3O is becoming partners with the city, the profit should be split 50-50.
“I don’t think the 2 percent plus a couple of thousand a year are reimbursement enough to the public for the park.” Bailey said.
Meanwhile, people speaking in favor said that it would be good for the area’s youth. One of them was Riley Poor, a Snohomish wakeboarder who lives three miles from the lake.
“Lake Tye makes sense to me. It seems to suit the spirit of outdoor activity. It’s right for Monroe and right for Snohomish County,” he said.
The council has time to consider its decision. They are set to discuss an agreement at the June 5 meeting. If approved, H3O would attain rights to build, but needs to go through the permitting process, economic development manager Jeff Sax said. The public would have another chance to comment about the project during that time.
Under the proposed agreement, the city would lease the park to H3O for 10 years, with the potential to extend it another 15 years.
H3O would then pay a fixed amount, $12,000, and 2 percent of total sales to the city as rent during the first year. The fixed amount would increase to $18,000 the second year, and to $24,000 after that.
The wakeboarding park would be open for about 150 days during the year, which would mean an estimated $58,500 in total revenue to the city, Dick said. In year two, the amount would increase to about $80,000, he said.
H3O will also create 25 parking spaces near the lake, and it has an agreement with businesses across the street, so people can park there if necessary.
H3O would also build a filtration system to treat stormwater from the parking lot before it reaches the lake, Dick said.
The park would be open seven days a week between June and August. It would be open only on weekends, depending on the weather, in April, May, September and October.
Park hours would also change to accommodate itself with other yearly activities held at the lake, such as an annual wakeboard tournament and model hydroplane races.
The company also wants to build a 2,500-square-foot building at the south side of the lake to be used for showers, party rooms and a concession stand.
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@ heraldnet.com.