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Macedonia Planning Commission hears proposal for water park in Longwood Park

from staff reports Published: December 5, 2012 12:00 AM

A special meeting of the Macedonia Planning Commission was scheduled Dec. 3 to hear a presentation on the possible construction of a wakeboarding park in Longwood Park.

Assistant Building Commissioner Dennis Saxe said he did not have all the details, but that he believes the proposal would involve construction of a 10-acre lake.

The special meeting was requested by two individuals, Eric Elnikar and Rob Lewis, who paid $350 for what the building department describes as a "Cable Park proposal at Longwood Park," according to the application filed with the city Nov. 19.

Wakeboarding parks use cables suspended from a main cable tracked over the water to pull people riding surfboard-type "wakeboards" around a series of ramps and other features.

There are about 150 wakeboarding parks around the world, including one in Fairfield, Ohio, according to industry website cablewakeboard.com.

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Though details of the proposal were not immediately available, this isn't the first time a private party has approached the city for use of land in Longwood Park.

The private development firm 2Club Golf constructed a 40-acre golf course-driving range on the north side of Longwood Park in 2006 under a contract giving it the right to operate the facility as a private business.

That facility is now being managed as the Windmill Golf Center, which is required to pay the city rent of $1,000 per month.

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