Family fun center may be in works

Bowling, go-karts, bumper boats part of application

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After years of demand, Parker could soon get a bowling alley. And go-karts. And bumper boats. And laser tag…

A developer from Idaho submitted a “use by special review” application with the Town of Parker to build a Boondocks Family Fun Center next to Costco. Boondocks Properties, LLC, proposed a 53,000 square-foot facility with indoor and outdoor attractions at E-470 and Cottonwood Drive in Crown Point.

Town council will consider approving the application on first reading during a meeting at 7 p.m. June 16 at Parker Town Hall.

If approved, internal uses would include a 32-lane bowling alley, arcade game center, laser tag, four-dimensional interactive theater, restaurant and event center with meeting rooms. Exterior uses would include a go-kart track, miniature golf course and bumper boat pool. Construction could start in 2015, with completion the following year, said Randy Fullmer, the applicant from Boondocks Properties.

Parker's last bowling alley, in the space now occupied by the Parker Library, closed in the early 1990s. Lone Tree has a Brunswick Zone and Centennial got a Celebrity Lanes on the northwest corner of South Parker Road and Arapahoe Road three years ago, but Parker has long been devoid of an entertainment hub, much to the chagrin of young families who want to stay close to home.

At least two separate plans for bowling alleys have been scrapped in the last decade, largely due to the economic downturn. Most recently, a Brunswick Zone was proposed on land directly south of the Twenty Mile 10 movie theater. It received early approvals in 2007, but the project stalled in 2008. Boondocks is planning 24 lanes for open bowling and eight private lanes for corporate parties and similar events.

Fullmer said performance projections based on demographic research look promising.

“I think it should be a good location for us,” he said. “We're excited about it.”

Boondocks has one other Colorado location in Northglenn and two locations in Utah.

Boondocks wants to use nine acres out of the 15-acre lot, which has been pre-graded and is adjacent to the Costco parking lot and gas station. The exterior uses must undergo a special review “due to the fact that they comprise approximately 50% of the site,” according to town planning documents. The use by special review will also address potential concerns about noise and emissions.

Go-karts register a 53-decibel rating, “less than the existing sound levels from E-470” and “slightly less noisy than a standard conversation,” the document says. The track would be positioned adjacent to E-470 and behind the building that would face Cottonwood Drive.

Bumper boats are electric and do not generate noise or emission. They are compliant with EPA regulations, the proposal says.

The land is listed as “regional retail” in the town's master plan and Boondocks could provide uses and features that would “draw from a broader trade radius than a typical retail use,” the proposal says. The use appears to work on nine acres of land without resulting in an over-intensive use of the site, said Patrick Mulready, senior planner for the town.