After years of legal wranglings and recalls, the Colorado Supreme Court has cleared the way for a gravity-fed mountain coaster in Estes Park.
The court upheld a district court ruling upholding Larimer County commissioners’ decision to classify the controversial coaster as a park and recreation facility.
Estes Park mayor pro-tem Cody Walker and his Yakutat Land Corp. proposed building a 1,960-foot mountain coaster on its 160-acre property on the outskirts of Estes Park.
Randy Hunt, the town’s community development director, classified the use as a park and recreation facility because of its size rather than as an outdoor commercial recreation establishment, which would not have been allowed under the Estes Valley Development code.
Neighbors Peter Langer III, Linda Langer, M. Marsha Sypher, Dennis Sohocki, Dena Sohocki and Janet Gehlhausen appealed the decision to the Larimer County commissioners, which affirmed Hunt’s decision.
In a subsequent series of appeals and lawsuits, the case made its way to the state Supreme Court, which ultimately upheld the commissioners’ decision.
The case dragged on for two years and led to Walker’s recall.
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