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Plans in the works to turn old Stanley Mines property into adventure park

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Posted at 8:42 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 10:42:44-04

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado’s Clear Creek County could soon be home to a new mining-themed amusement park.

A developer has submitted plans to turn the old Stanley Mines property near Idaho Springs into The Stanley Mines Adventure Park.

The park would be similar to the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Garfield County, with thrill rides, educational and historical exhibits, a restaurant and beer garden and event space. Proposed rides would include an alpine coaster, an aerial tram, a mine shaft drop ride and various family-friendly rides.

The developer aims to have the property rezoned from a mining district to a commercial tourism and recreation district to allow construction of the park and related facilities.

Some of the mining property’s existing buildings would be re-purposed for the adventure park. Plans also call for construction of several new buildings. 

The developers say the park would employ about 100 to 110 people during the summer.

The Clear Creek County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Springs City Hall. The Board of County Commissioners will then hold another public hearing on June 19 at 10:15 a.m. before taking final action on the plans.

If everything goes according to plan, the developer wants to have the first phase of the park open by Memorial Day weekend in 2019.