A weekend of fun turned into a out-of-control situation for the owner and his staff at The Climb Adventure Lagoon, located off of 431 South just outside the Russellville City limits. Last weekend owner Benjamin Lamb leased his property to Nahpro Entertainment, an outside agency who held an event that brought in numerous all-terrain vehicles and hundreds of people. Several complaints of noise into the night and early morning hours followed, causing Lamb to be embarrassed and apologetic.
The Climb, which came to Logan County in April of 2016, is a land-water obstacle course located in an old rock quarry that challenges the physically fit. There is camping, live entertainment, and wildlife to enjoy.
“I hate that this happened,” said Lamb. “But I can tell you it won’t happen again.”
Lamb prides his park as being family friendly and says his reputation is very important to him. “The last thing I want to do is upset my neighbors. You are only as good as the community you are in,” said Lamb.
Lamb said when he leased the park out for the weekend, he was assured there would be plenty of security and those who would monitor the activities. “This situation is similar to renting out a building for an activity,” Lamb said.
Lamb said when Nahpro said they were going to promote 4-wheelers to come, he really didn’t think anything about it.
“We have had a few out here before riding the trails during the day and have never had a problem,” said Lamb. “We did not expect what followed. At about 8 p.m. on Friday night I knew we had messed up. These people on the 4-wheelers were riding at full throttle everywhere they went. A big percentage of them were very disrespectful and not caring about anyone but themselves.”
According to Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker, there were 28 CAD reports that came in response to The Climb in a 30 hour period. There were three DUI arrests, four drug charges, and five ambulance runs from Friday to Saturday.
Lamb said he and his staff did everything they could to control the out-of-control situation. He said he was up all night trying to shut it down, but when he would shut one down, another would start up.
“I contemplated kicking everyone out at one point, but was worried since tickets were sold, a riot could have ensued, so we just rode it out. I even talked to the sheriff about what we could do,” said Lamb.
According to Lamb’s Facebook page, he will no longer be allowing ATVs in his business at night.
“We spent thousands of dollars on gravel out there and there is none left. They disrespected my park, my property and the neighbors,” Lamb said. We are a very family orientated park and I am going to keep it that way. I apologize to my neighbors and promise this will not happen again.”
Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick said The Climb owner came into his office and filed for a entertainment permit Tuesday morning adding, “He was very apologetic.”
“He was very nice,” said Chick. “He said he was sorry for what had transpired at his business over the weekend. He had rented his property out and would never make that mistake again.”
Chick said Lamb had listed in his application he would close all activities down by 11 p.m.
According to KRS 231.010 a “place of entertainment” is defined as a roadhouse, place offering intoxicating or nonintoxicating drinks for sale, tourist camp or place of public entertainment at which people assemble to eat, drink, dance, bathe, or engage in any game or amusement.
The decision to allow an entertainment permit falls on the Judge Executive, who must visit the property the permit is being sought for and schedule a public hearing within 30 days of receipt of the application.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.