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North Park May Get Zip Line

The attraction would allow visitors to fly over the trees.

Allegheny County council is considering a proposal to install a zip line in North Park.

The course would run in a tree-lined area between Pierce Mill road and the tennis courts, past the boat house, KDKA-TV reported.

“We think it will bring new people, different segment of people to the park and we also look at it as a way for the county to raise some new revenue,” Director of County Parks Andrew Baechle told KDKA.

County council is considering plans drawn up by the company Go Ape!, which specializes in outdoor entertainment.

“We’re going to get you in a harness, put you about 40 feet up in the trees,” Managing Director of Go Ape! Dan D’Agostino told KDKA. “We’re really excited about North Park because it’s a beautiful park, beautiful location.”

Baechle estimates the zip line would generate $20,000 a year in revenue to the county.

Allegheny County Council members are expected to vote on the new attraction in February.

If approved, the zip line could be up in the spring.

Would you like to see a zip line installed in North Park? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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Kitty January 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
<<“We’re really excited about North Park because it’s a beautiful park,>> Yes it is, but after the installation of a bunch of new concrete walkways, a zip line, and probably a few more orange and purple playgrounds, it's going to look a lot less beautiful. <<“We think it will bring new people, different segment of people to the park>> If they are people who wouldn't ordinarily come to the park, why are we trying to drag them to the park? Parks should only be allotted enough money to mow the grass. Anything more, and down come the trees and out comes the paving, and soon it's all screwed up.
Richard Cook January 26, 2013 at 05:52 PM
From our Facebook Page: Shelly Holtgraver Blaha Would love to see one so nearby! I think it's awesome!

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