Office space within Grass Valley fun park approved |

Office space within Grass Valley fun park approved

Grass Valley planning commissioners Tuesday OK’d a plan adding buildings for office space and eliminating the go-cart track in a scaled back 49er Family Fun Park.

Two new office buildings and a conversion of two existing buildings to incorporate office and arcade/game use are planned at the 314 Railroad Ave. site, according to the plans.

The business is struggling, said Martin Wood with SCO Planning Engineering and Surveying who crafted the plans. Without the updated plans, the park wouldn’t be “financially viable,” he said.

Commissioners sounded grateful with the new plan even if they were sad that amusement elements were scaled back.

“When businesses are in trouble we tend to say ‘get rid of it all,’ ” said commissioner Eleanor Kenitzer. “I’m glad you didn’t do that.”

Commissioner David Emanuel had more of a personal connection to the park.

“My grandsons are going to be very upset with this,” Emanuel said about the elimination of the go-cart track. “We’ll try to break it to them as gently as we can.”

Sutton Way Partners, the property’s owners, hasn’t set a construction start date yet, said Phil Ruble, one of the property owners, speaking earlier Tuesday.

The new plan isn’t a prelude to the elimination of the fun park, Ruble said.

“We’re planning on keeping the fun park open forever,” Ruble said. “This (plan) is a better utilization of the space.”

Specifically, the plan retains commercial recreational uses on the back of the property, which includes an arcade, the existing 18-hole miniature golf course and the existing batting cages.

The arcade/game use area will move from a larger 4,500 square foot building to a converted 3,030-square-foot building.

A 16,046-square-foot, two-story office building and a 4,020-square-foot, one-story office building are planned.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.5H3

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