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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2001
Some Glen Burnie residents were not amused last week when they heard of a developer's plans to build a "fun park" near Ritchie Highway that would include go-carts and paintball. They'll take their concerns today to a county zoning officer. Les Jenkins, developer of the proposed Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, is seeking a special exception to build the park in a commercially zoned district near Dover Road and Ritchie Highway. The developer also has applied for a variance to build the park on the site, which is farther from a freeway than allowed for an amusement park.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2010
A few hundred thousand dancing lights can make an impression on a person. Just ask Larry Stottlemyer. Stottlemyer, founder of New Market's Adventure Park USA, was visiting Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife when he first saw Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland. Installed within the confines of a family-owned RV park, the seasonal display left his mouth agape. He had to have one just like it. "It just literally blew my socks off," says Stottlemyer, with understandable hyperbole. "I told my wife, 'We need this at Adventure Park.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2001
A group of Glen Burnie residents is hoping that the formal appeal they filed yesterday against a fun park proposed for their area will do what their verbal objections didn't: convince Anne Arundel County that the park doesn't belong in the neighborhood. The group, calling itself Homeowners Organized to Protect Our Environment (HOPE), is a loose confederation of neighborhood associations ringing the long-closed Furnace Creek and the Dover Road dump. Since May, when Edgemere resident Les Jenkins proposed building his Les Jenkins Family Fun Park at Dover Road and Ritchie Highway, they have complained about the traffic, noise and environmental problems they say the development would bring.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2002
A Pasadena engineering firm is suing the would-be developer of a Glen Burnie fun park for more than $115,000 in back fees. Lawyers for John E. Harms Jr. and Associates Inc. allege that Les Jenkins has not paid for surveying services, materials and grading plans that the firm provided last year as Jenkins lobbied the county for permission to build a fun park off Ritchie Highway. The project, alternately called the Thunder Bay USA Family Fun Park and the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, was to have included go-cart tracks, a skate park, BMX bike tracks and water slides.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Ever since Winerd Leslie "Les" Jenkins Jr. proposed building a $20 million family fun park in Glen Burnie, some residents and legislators have worried about the traffic and noise it would bring to the clogged Ritchie Highway corridor. Those who live in the patchwork of communities hugging the Pasadena peninsula are more worried about Jenkins himself. The 53-year-old Edgemere resident is no stranger to them. They remember him as a vocal player in their bitter struggle with Edward and Missy Berge, who tried to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena three years ago. This time, he is in charge, and is searching for investors and corporate sponsors.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2001
The Les Jenkins Family Fun Park's bumpy ride seems to have ended in Anne Arundel County. Last night, Baltimore County developer Les Jenkins announced he would not press ahead with plans to build his go-cart park on Dover Road in Glen Burnie, because of a law effectively banning the park that was signed yesterday by County Executive Janet S. Owens hours before a zoning appeal hearing on his project. Enacted as emergency legislation so it would take effect immediately, the bill bans go-cart tracks from operating on commercial recreation property.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Ever since Winerd Leslie "Les" Jenkins Jr. proposed building a $20 million family fun park in Glen Burnie, some residents and legislators have worried about the traffic and noise it would bring to the clogged Ritchie Highway corridor. Those who live in the patchwork of communities hugging the Pasadena peninsula are more worried about Jenkins himself. The 53-year-old Edgemere resident is no stranger to them. They remember him as a vocal player in their bitter struggle with Edward and Missy Berge, who tried to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena three years ago. This time, he is in charge, and is searching for investors and corporate sponsors.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | March 6, 2002
A Pasadena engineering firm is suing the would-be developer of a Glen Burnie fun park for more than $115,000 in back fees. Lawyers for John E. Harms Jr. and Associates Inc. allege that Les Jenkins has not paid for surveying services, materials and grading plans that the firm provided last year as Jenkins lobbied the county for permission to build a fun park off Ritchie Highway. The project, alternately called the Thunder Bay USA Family Fun Park and the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, was to have included go-cart tracks, a skate park, BMX bike tracks and water slides.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2001
Some Glen Burnie residents were not amused last week when they heard of a developer's plans to build a "fun park" near Ritchie Highway that would include go-carts and paintball. They'll take their concerns today to a county zoning officer. Les Jenkins, developer of the proposed Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, is seeking a special exception to build the park in a commercially zoned district near Dover Road and Ritchie Highway. The developer also has applied for a variance to build the park on the site, which is farther from a freeway than allowed for an amusement park.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2001
For the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, the last six months have been a strange ride indeed. In May, when developer Jenkins proposed his project - to include go-cart tracks, waterslides, BMX bike tracks, a skate park and an arcade next to the Glen Burnie waste disposal site - he piqued the interest of county officials who thought area teen-agers needed more entertainment options. But this week, some of those same officials helped push through an emergency bill banning go-carts from commercial recreational facilities, abruptly scuttling the project hours before a scheduled Board of Appeals hearing on the issue.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2001
For the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, the last six months have been a strange ride indeed. In May, when developer Jenkins proposed his project - to include go-cart tracks, waterslides, BMX bike tracks, a skate park and an arcade next to the Glen Burnie waste disposal site - he piqued the interest of county officials who thought area teen-agers needed more entertainment options. But this week, some of those same officials helped push through an emergency bill banning go-carts from commercial recreational facilities, abruptly scuttling the project hours before a scheduled Board of Appeals hearing on the issue.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2001
For the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, the last six months have been a strange ride indeed. In May, when developer Jenkins proposed his project - to include go-cart tracks, waterslides, BMX bike tracks, a skate park and an arcade next to the Glen Burnie waste disposal site - he piqued the interest of county officials who thought area teen-agers needed more entertainment options. But this week, some of those same officials helped push through an emergency bill banning go-carts from commercial recreational facilities, abruptly scuttling the project hours before a scheduled Board of Appeals hearing on the issue.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2001
The Les Jenkins Family Fun Park's bumpy ride seems to have ended in Anne Arundel County. Last night, Baltimore County developer Les Jenkins announced he would not press ahead with plans to build his go-cart park on Dover Road in Glen Burnie, because of a law effectively banning the park that was signed yesterday by County Executive Janet S. Owens hours before a zoning appeal hearing on his project. Enacted as emergency legislation so it would take effect immediately, the bill bans go-cart tracks from operating on commercial recreation property.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2001
Those supporting and opposing a fun park slated for Glen Burnie took their messages to different stages this week, each hoping their position on the development will prevail. On Monday, a group calling itself Homeowners Organized to Protect our Environment filed an appeal to a hearing officer's ruling granting the park a special exception to build on the site, which is next to the Dover Road dump and close to Furnace Creek, which had been closed because of pollution. The next day, developer Les Jenkins talked up his park to a crowd of 30, more than half of them in Pepsi baseball caps he handed out at the event.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2001
A group of Glen Burnie residents is hoping that the formal appeal they filed yesterday against a fun park proposed for their area will do what their verbal objections didn't: convince Anne Arundel County that the park doesn't belong in the neighborhood. The group, calling itself Homeowners Organized to Protect Our Environment (HOPE), is a loose confederation of neighborhood associations ringing the long-closed Furnace Creek and the Dover Road dump. Since May, when Edgemere resident Les Jenkins proposed building his Les Jenkins Family Fun Park at Dover Road and Ritchie Highway, they have complained about the traffic, noise and environmental problems they say the development would bring.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Ever since Winerd Leslie "Les" Jenkins Jr. proposed building a $20 million family fun park in Glen Burnie, some residents and legislators have worried about the traffic and noise it would bring to the clogged Ritchie Highway corridor. Those who live in the patchwork of communities hugging the Pasadena peninsula are more worried about Jenkins himself. The 53-year-old Edgemere resident is no stranger to them. They remember him as a vocal player in their bitter struggle with Edward and Missy Berge, who tried to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena three years ago. This time, he is in charge, and is searching for investors and corporate sponsors.
NEWS
By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2001
Those supporting and opposing a fun park slated for Glen Burnie took their messages to different stages this week, each hoping their position on the development will prevail. On Monday, a group calling itself Homeowners Organized to Protect our Environment filed an appeal to a hearing officer's ruling granting the park a special exception to build on the site, which is next to the Dover Road dump and close to Furnace Creek, which had been closed because of pollution. The next day, developer Les Jenkins talked up his park to a crowd of 30, more than half of them in Pepsi baseball caps he handed out at the event.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | November 11, 2001
For the Les Jenkins Family Fun Park, the last six months have been a strange ride indeed. In May, when developer Jenkins proposed his project - to include go-cart tracks, waterslides, BMX bike tracks, a skate park and an arcade next to the Glen Burnie waste disposal site - he piqued the interest of county officials who thought area teen-agers needed more entertainment options. But this week, some of those same officials helped push through an emergency bill banning go-carts from commercial recreational facilities, abruptly scuttling the project hours before a scheduled Board of Appeals hearing on the issue.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
Ever since Winerd Leslie "Les" Jenkins Jr. proposed building a $20 million family fun park in Glen Burnie, some residents and legislators have worried about the traffic and noise it would bring to the clogged Ritchie Highway corridor. Those who live in the patchwork of communities hugging the Pasadena peninsula are more worried about Jenkins himself. The 53-year-old Edgemere resident is no stranger to them. They remember him as a vocal player in their bitter struggle with Edward and Missy Berge, who tried to build an auto racetrack in Pasadena three years ago. This time, he is in charge, and is searching for investors and corporate sponsors.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2001
OCEAN CITY -- Twelve-year-old Brittanie Thornton was taking no chances yesterday. Shrieking at the top of her lungs, clutching an inner tube with one hand and pinching her nostrils tight with the other as she hurtled down a giant plastic tube at Splash Mountain Water Park, the rising seventh-grader from William H. Lemmel Middle School in Baltimore had but one worry. She was not bothered by the 60-foot drop or the speed of her descent. But she was absolutely determined that no water get up her nose.
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