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Wakeboard park clears last review hurdle
Company hopes to begin building in January
MONROE - H30 is hoping to start building its cable-tow wakeboard park at Lake Tye as soon as next month.
The watersport company is waiting on final bids before picking a construction company to build the park.
The project had been stalled for several months waiting for a final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agency gave its approval in September.
“We’re trying to get underway in January or February so we can be open for business this summer,” H30 owner Brad Smith said last week.
The park will take up 17 acres of the 42-acre lake and will include a cable-tow wakeboard ride supported by six towers and a beginner cable line supported by two towers in the southern portion of the lake.
There will also be a 2,500-square-foot building that will house a pro shop, ticket and retail sales, restrooms, lockers and an office.
As per the contract with the city, H30 started paying rent checks to the city in October. The company is on an graduated rent projection, Smith said. The rent is currently set at $1,000 a month.
Monroe resident Carrie Gendron said her kids are getting excited for the park.
“My 9-year-old is counting down the days till they open,” Gendron said. “She’s ready to invite all her friends and have their birthday parties there.”
Because the cables tow wakeboard riders around the lake, the need for a boat is eliminated, increasing the accessibility of the sport.
“I’m most excited about the opportunity to learn and stick with the sport and not have to be invited to go out on a boat,” Gendron said.
The project ran into several hurdles in the process. Some Monroe residents opposed the park for environmental reasons, as the towers are thought to be a possible obstruction for migratory birds. Others say it will disrupt the other activities at the lake.
The Army Corps of Engineers changed its mind about wanting to get involved in the project this year, which stalled the project for several months.
Smith said he’s happy to be back on track to build soon.
The park will have a grand opening celebration for local residents before reaching out to a wider audience.
Smith said he’ll announce a grand opening as soon as the bidding process is over.
The lease agreement says H30 will pay the city $12,000 in rent the first year, $18,000 the second year, and an annual $24,000 in years three through 10. The city will also receive 2 percent of the park’s gross revenue as “additional rent.”
Also per the public-private contract, the 2,500-square-foot building terraced with docks will become the city’s property if and when H30 ever discontinues business at Lake Tye. The rigging and cable-tow equipment will remain H30’s property, and the company will remove it at its own expense.
The park’s lease will last 10 years, with three five-year renewal options.

 

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