Opposition over placement of new Great Escape ride "Adirondack Outlaw" | WNYT.com

Opposition over placement of new Great Escape ride "Adirondack Outlaw"

Emily Burkhard
Updated: November 22, 2019 11:23 PM
Created: November 22, 2019 11:08 PM

QUEENSBURY - Six Flags Great Escape amusement park is planning to install a new 165-foot ride ahead of the 2020 season, but not everyone is on board.

A group of people who live on Glen Lake are trying to put the brakes on the project. They said they're not opposed to the ride, but they are opposed to the placement. Park officials want to install it at the highest elevation on the property.

"It's going to be coming up over the tree line and is visible on the lake every 30 seconds,” Glen Lake resident Paul Derby said.

Derby is the chair of the Environmental Committee for the Glen Lake Protective Association.

Derby said the new ride violates height regulations set in a 2001 environmental impact study. That's why Great Escape is asking the Town of Queensbury Planning Board for a waiver.

"Which we strongly oppose. That impact statement was made to protect the neighbors and to have good relationships with them and we're just asking them to put it in a part of the park that won't impose on us,” Derby said.

The impact study split the park into three different sections, each with their own attraction height restrictions. If "Adirondack Outlaw" were to be placed in either of the two sections at lower elevations, it wouldn't be seen from Glen Lake.

But Great Escape wants to put the ride in Ghost Town. They said they're struggling to attract people to that section of the park. Installing the ride at the highest elevation possible would also give riders the best views of the Adirondack scenery surrounding the park, one of the main features listed on the website.

On Friday officials at Six Flags Great Escape sent NewsChannel 13 this statement:

"The Great Escape is thrilled to be adding the Adirondack Outlaw to our lineup of rides in 2020.  This is a first of its kind ride for Six Flags and will be an incredible addition to our park.  We thoroughly consider all areas of our park when adding new attractions. The proposed location in Ghost Town will breathe new life into an area woven into the fabric of our history.  With every attraction we add, we aim to improve the entire area around the ride as many of our guests have seen with Hurricane Harbor and Hot Rod USA for example.  This is the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate Ghost Town.

The Great Escape always has been and will continue to be a committed partner to our neighbors. With all decisions we take thoughtful consideration in the best interest of everyone in the community in which we all live, work and play.  The parameters set forth in the 2001 impact study allow for us to perform the necessary testing and apply for the position of this ride.  We are confident that our testing results demonstrate that there will be no substantial view of the structure above the tree line. We continue to work closely with the Town of Queensbury as it is our community responsibility to support this application with the necessary data and assessments.  We have also been in communication with our neighbors at the Glen Lake Association throughout this process as well.

 We look forward to the conversation that will take place on Tuesday evening and believe that 2020 will be an exciting year for The Great Escape and the entire Lake George Region."

Derby worries if the planning board allows the park to bypass height restrictions for Adirondack Outlaw, similar situations could follow and the views from Glen Lake could change.

"Why it's beautiful is because nature is all around us. We don't have these imposing structures and lights and things and we're just trying to keep it that way,” Derby said.

Great Escape said they'll continue to work closely with the Town of Queensbury and the Glen Lake Protective Association throughout this process.

The Queensbury Town Planning Board is scheduled to meet Tuesday. Derby said they are expecting a decision at that meeting.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.

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