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  • Sue
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I love the idea of this enterprise in Truro. I think it could be put in the area beside the pool parking lot or somewhere near that end. .... this could be way off to that side of the park where there are not hiking trails etc. I spend 3+ weeks in the Truro area every summer with my 3 children and would definately frequent this park. If there is another location close-by great....do it there. I don't want Truro to stay 'stuck' the way they are. Each summer we come home and it is more and more depressing to walk through the malls as we feel the down losing its spirit.

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    It is not narrow minded and non-progressive to preserve nature. The rush to judgment for a short deadline is a warning sign that something is rotten here. If this is a good idea, and I think it is not, waiting for an environmental study is reasonable. I have heard many issues that have been put on a fast track that have not worked well.
    The councillors should know that, with the amount of opposition this has generated, that they will not be making decision after the next round if they hastily approved this venture. Don't let a bunch of hot headed juveniles push through this short-term gain, long-term lose idea. It will make it harder to stop another commercial venture at the park once you open the gates.

  • Tasman
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Great idea. These people who say no should are the same people who complain that there is nothing to do in Truro and that Truro should have more activities for our youth to do so they don't get themselves in trouble. Way to go Truro let's stay in the past and not move forward. The park is the ideal spot for an attraction like this and that is where it should be.

  • Rob
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I'd love to see this development in Truro or at least very near Truro. I would certainly partake. I just don't like the idea of it being in the park. As to other 'commercial' enterprise in the park, those are not-for-profit and the revenue is operating costs and turned back into the feature, not lining a private businessman's pocket. And at $30+/- a head, not having to purchase land for development etc... there is a substantial profit margin there... I'd love to see it locally, but not in the Park. It's not what the park was meant for. We shouldn't be whoring it out. And as someone noted yesterday about Walmart being built on wetland.. The difference there is that it was private land and went ahead with a development agreement to rezone as commercial.. Are we planning to Re-zone Victoria Park to allow commercial operations?

  • Julie
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I believe that Tree go will be a wonderful asset to this community. It promotes healthy living which we have been striving for in our youth population. It takes strength and agility to work or play on these obstacle courses. It opens up a new avenue for youth employment. It in no way damages the parks it inhabits, you can't even see them until someone zips through. It will give another dimension to an already beautiful and popular spot that will no way interfere with the parks already existing attractions

  • Elaine & Don
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Concerned residents of Salmon River:
    We walk in the Park a lot and we see no reason not to welcome Treego.It would be nice to see the younger generation making use of their time in such a fun loving sport.
    Also, I know that a lot of parents in Moncton enjoy taking their children to the one there. In fact, there are people from Truro who drive there to use it. Why not have it as an attraction to Truro? It would be good to have people come to Truro to spend their money rather than speeding on by, as they do now.

  • Roger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Councilman MacArthur's view that there is already commercial activity taking place in the park is a bit skewed. I believe these are town run activities, with all revenues from the swimming pool and tennis courts going to the town to offset costs of operation, not a private corporation. I fully support the development of TreeGo, and perhaps in the Park, but I fear that it will be nearly impossible to stop other private development within the park if this does go through.
    I also doubt this will be the wonderful catalist for the saviour of the downtown, as TreeGo will have a very narrow demographic. The same people that use the slipline will not then rush downtown to go shopping. Instead, they will look for something else to do while in town (movie, water slide, etc), and they will not find it down town!
    I think town council needs to look at a longer term plan for the further development of the park, with hopefully, some form of control against private development.

  • Jeff
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    You certainly could build an amusement park almost anywhere, and it would be an asset to Truro. There isn't a lot to do here but youth are not leaving Truro for entertainment and challenging physical activities. People (young and old) leave Truro and Nova Scotia because there are almost no employment opportunities.
    Victoria park is a beautiful natural place that offers people with even limited mobility a place to enjoy the outdoors year round. You cannot enhance the beauty of nature but you sure can modify it to suit your requirements. If people REQUIRE cables and logs hanging from trees to enjoy nature then a town like Truro will never satisfy their need to be stimulated.
    Have any studies been done to determine how many people would visit Truro if we only advertised the park as it is? I doubt it. Victoria park is arguably Truro's best kept secret.

  • somewhere else
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    It should NOT be in Victoria Park, but they will probably push it through. Tree-go is not going to pay any taxes or anything to the town. They are giving away the park to an out of province, out of town commercial venture. Even the materials are being imported from Europe! As well as the people to build and design it. WE have an agricultural college full of knowledge about woods, engineering and the like. IF it is such a fabulous idea, why can't we just do it ourselves? Then the money generated would at least go back into the park the way the canteen and pool monies do. Many business in Truro draw people in from all over the place. If Tree-go gets a free ride, so should they. Put it somewhere else. That would solve everything. I don't think ANYONE is saying the entire idea is dreadful. Just not in that park. AND especially not in the parts of the park they want. Jacob's Ladder, the covered bridge and the wishing well. Those are the most special parts of the park!! those parts of the park are used by people who walk, cycle,ski. People already use the park for exercise regularly. There is so much land around, there must be a compromise so the town gets the attraction and the park is preserved for its natural beauty.

  • A
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    After so much negative about Victoria Park you would think that council would want to bring in something positive. Tree Go is also in Moncton and they have a great set up and it attracts alot of tourist. It would be great fun for kis and families...something to do besides watching tv. Truro is stuck in a rut, take a chance and grow up!

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Victoria Park is not for sale.

  • K
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I hope it is a go!! It would be a great addition to the park!!

  • Randy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Maybe we should be more like the americans and preserve all these nature ..oh wait..they don't allow you into any of them anymore..

    Look at some of the parks in Ontario that have the Tree walks and zip lines... Haliburton Forest is the one i have always wanted to visit..and that is in a wild life reserve.

    http://www.haliburtonforest.com/canopy.html

    I love the outdoors, I have backpacked all over NS, NB, Maine and have done the west coast trail..I think treego would just open up more people to the park, truro, etc....

  • Michelle from Truro
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I still think its a huge mistake. Rushing into things because of the March 1st deadline is going to cause nothing but trouble.

    There are some of us that are putting the best interest of the park and the wildlife that live there first. Because if this does prove to have a negative impact on the park, we can't get what it takes away back.

    People need to slow down and wait for an environmental impact report to be done. If TreeGo wants it in Victoria park so badly, then they should have to wait until we, the the town of Truro deem it safe for our beloved park.

    Don't know about everyone else, but I'd like to see the park exist for a great many years to come. Let Commercial activity into Victoria park and we will loose it bit by bit. What hasn't been developed needs to stay undeveloped.

  • Anderson
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    There's no slippery slope of commercialism here.

    The town can say no to whatever it wants because it owns the land. If a project makes sense for the town they should say yes. If it doesn't they should and can say no.

    TreeGo in Victoria Park doesn't open the door to anything else. Leave the hyperbole and fear-mongering out of the debate please.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Over 300 of these kinds of parks operate successfully world wide.

  • Laura
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Jeff I totally agree lets keep this to the facts and no personal attacks or grandstanding. Personally I agree with the idea of the slipline or is it zip line. I also agree in THE Park is a great location great access for the greatest number.

  • Enoch
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Treego has a build to own option where they would charge big money to put up the lines. They would then leave it to the town to run and mange thus it would not have the tree go name or franchise. The town would make all the money but would be responsible for all liabilty. The town already has a brand with Victoria Park. They should look at this. All the cash coming in could help fund other attractions and buildings in the town.

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Seems like this is a great idea .... but not for Victoria Park. For all the people who are against Treego - has anyone recommended an alternative location in the Truro area? If you don't want it in the park then why not step up and work with Treego and find an acceptable alternate site?

  • Michelle from Truro
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Joan, with all due respect, I don't see how you believe the park won't be for sale if we allow this private business person into the park to set up shop.

    The pool, tennis courts, bandstand, canteen. All of those (in the developed part of the park) revenue go back into the town, and go to support the park upkeep.

    If we allow private business in, it will just line his pocket. And what will stop the next business from coming along and saying, well you let him in, let us in.

    Its a dangerous thing TreeGo in there.

  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I honestly find it funny that people are overreacting so much as to say that a 200 foot tower would be built. This is an amazing opportunity for Truro. The residents are always complaining that there is nothing to do, and that they have to go elsewhere to do fun things. Well here we have the chance to do something and people are protesting! It blows my mind really. They are only taking down 20 trees, the areas of the park that are going to be used for ropes courses etc are not even in use by people who go to the park, and who cares if someone swings by you on the zip line? If you go skiing at Wentworth or anywhere else people are going overtop of you on the ski lift!

  • Randy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I think the treego would be a great addition to victoria park. Truro lags behind on keeping up with the times. Why not also make the ziplines and bridges informational, have small information centers at all the stages, with descriptions of the area, the trees, the gorge, etc. It can be fun and educational at the same time.

  • Wanda
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The idea of a rush to make this happen has been put out there alot. This has been in the works since 2008. Over a year in the planning is certainly not a rush. People are talking about Treego causing death? If time is taken to really look at the Treego site you will see that participants are strapped with a harness at all times. You could dive into the VP pool and hit your head and die. I also hear alot that Victoria Park is Truro's best kept secret. Why would we want to keep such a beautiful place a secret? It is time we showed the rest of NS and Canada how truly beautiful is. After all isn't it being selfish to keep it all to ourselves? Treego of course will not be the solution to all our economic problems nor will it keep people from leaving, but even if it encourages just 1 person to visit Truro who hasn't been before isn't that a start? I say LETS GO TREEGO!

  • Jamie
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    So I heard a rumor that the bylaws were written in stone when someone proposed camping in the park, the town shot it down in a heartbeat. What makes the breaking of this bylaw ok?

  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I think this is a fantastic idea and if Truro lets it slip out of it's hands, it will be typical of this town but sad as well.

    Truro has a habit and reputation for being a sleepy old town that resists any form of change and for the location of it, there's no reason for it to be as quiet and dead as it is, business-wise. There's just nothing here to attract anyone.

    Victoria park is beautiful but it already combines the beauty and nature of a pristine park with commercialism in the form of tennis courts, playgrounds, pools, etc. I'm not aure if anyone protested those at the time but would anyone argue now that they detract from the park itself or enhance it?

    If TreeGo is restricted to the front end of the park and has strict regulations as part of it's tenancy, this this can be a very viable enterprise.

    I'm very active with Big Brothers Big Sisters and I can see this as an incredible activity to take my Little to. I was looking to go to Moncton last year to go to TreeGo but if it comes to Truro, I guarantee my dollars will be spent here and not there. It would be a great day to head out in the summer, go to TreeGo and take a walk around the park afterwards.

    This is an amazing opportunity to being something fairly unique to Truro. I really hope we don't let this opportunity slip through our fingers simply because we're resistant to change.

  • Michelle from Truro
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Bruce M - I am against TreeGo going into Victoria park. Not coming to Truro. I think it should come to Truro. I've been zipping, its fun. But, They are several other locations that it would work. The reasons I am against it in Victoria park are,

    1 - this seems really rushed. Why does the deadline have to be march 1st.

    2 and most importantly, the eco-system and the wildlife of the park should be the most important concern for everyone. Why do we need to kick the animals out even father? Please? tell me? Whats wrong with waiting for an impact study to be done.

    3 Private, commercial business have no place in the park.

    So, please, tell me how that makes me narrow minded and non progressive. Because personally, I take offense to that.

  • paul
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    We have visited the park on our trips to Truro ,on a Sunday it is almost impossible to find a parking place in the parking lot .If this plan goes through have they thought about the extra parking places close to the park that may be needed?.have not seen any questions asked about this.

  • ROSE
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    We need Truro to move forward and treego would be one step towards doing that. It seems that anytime this small town does something new there is always the older community who wants it to stay the same. If we dont move forward we get left behind. Come on Truro.. lets do something good for this town and not just add another Church or have a festival intended for the older community.

  • Joan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Thanks for a more unbias story Truro Daily!!! It was nice to actually see a little bit of the info presented in that meeting in the paper! :) Altho they did say it would be closer to 18-20 thousand being brought in annually. One other thing I would like to point out, which I am sure will get some negetive feedback from the usual crew is that TreeGO will have a contracted lease, so if the proposal does go through, and the opposing side's worst fears come true and its noisy, and not doing anything for the economy etc etc (which i don't see happening) then council can refuse to resign at the end of the term and it all goes away. Thing is, if we never try, we will never know.... if we are wrong, we aren't going to learn unless it's the hard way , and things like this are going to keep coming and we are going to keep pushing. If you say no to this, maybe the next one that comes along really will want an amusement park, or maybe they won't be so concerned about preserving nature as TreeGO is... eventually it will happen, so why not now?

  • stephen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    NOW: There is already a park-run canteen so what's the big deal with having a privately run zip-line course? LATER: There's already a privately-run zip-line course so what's wrong with privately-run mini-golf? And so on...

  • Jeff
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I'm glad to see this article. It expresses views from both sides of the argument. It doesn't seem biased like the one from yesterday. Lets try and keep the comments made today professional and of a positive nature, free from silly personal attacks. Truro has made it clear from both sides that we love our park.

  • Bruce
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I can't believe how many narrow minded and non-progressive people are in this town. But, why shouldn't I be surprised. It has been like this forever. The venture is a great idea and would boost the parks profile in so many ways. There are National parks all over that have commercial operations within them and it, if handled properly can benifit all. As was mentioned, I remember when you could camp there, and drive up through the roads, it was great and should be brought back as well. I think there was a take-out too. We need to liven the park up and this would be a super start.

  • B
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    One question that I have not seen in the comments is: Who will be liable for any mishaps, injuries or death that may occur from the use of this proposed high wire entertainment?
    Will TreeGo be responsible since it will own the operation or will the Town of Truro be responsible since it is on Town property? What will the impact be on liability insurance for the park?
    Since the subject has been opened up about developing the park and area.
    A great venue for the park would be a 150 to 200 foot tower with a restaurant and gift shop similar to the one at Niagara Falls, Ont, so that visitors and tourists who aren't up to zipping on a high wire could view the scenery from above. Of couse there would have to be outside elevators for a view on the way up. Breathtaking! There are all sorts of venues that could be developed in and around Victoria Park and Truro to attract tourists and create jobs. If the door is going to be opened for development, open it wide and make the most of it. And why not have a mini train track put in around the park and Truro area as Disney Land has so us old folks who can't hike, or climb could take in the scenery and beauty of the park. The park is also a Great location for a water slide park as well. How about a pool for bumper boats, that is a lot of fun and would create jobs and attract tourists as well. I have many ideas for the development of the park area that would create jobs and draw in tourists. Things that, when I was young, I would travel hundreds of miles to take part in and have fun.
    Don't stop at just a private company installing some cables and ropes. Invest some of the town and taxpayers money in the park and get a return on the investment. The swimming pool and tennis court cater to a select few. Bring Truro to life and put it on the map as a tourist destination for thrills, chills and fun. Oh, and don't forget, put in that mini rail train for us old folks so we can at least see all the fun and thrill seeking adventures going on.
    Lets keep the park in and for Truro, Let's develope the area ourselves instead of waiting for outsiders to come in and exploit the area. Think outside the box!

  • stephen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Don't do it, Truro councilors! You'll be turfed next time around!!!

    Sacrificing any part of that beautiful park to such a cockamamie idea would make you a laughing stock.

    If you have the capacity to, reflect on why the donors might have wanted to preserve that land.

    Pick another spot!!!

  • Doug
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Last night, a member of the preserve victoria park group posted pornagraphic material on the Support Treego in Victoria Park facebook page. People, please keep in mind that there are children on the Support Treego in Victoria Park site. If you are opposed to this, that is fine, but please be respectful.

  • Christena
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Why the rush? It does seem kind of strange, I feel the same as many others if it's a good idea now it still will be.Maybe buy up some of the houses and put it around the park why does the park have to be touched that way, putting some way to take people threw would be wonderful. It really is a long walk if you have any problem walking distances. Should be investing in places for people to park. It's hurendus when there's a function on... Some awesome ideas to bring in more revenue for Truro and surrounding areas, will in return create more jobs. Truro really does need to be updated...But theres no need to ruin the good we all ready have, enhancing it is where it's at.... I think the water park is a good idea but for heavens sake don't make it small or we will be just creating more troubles...If we're going to do it go all the way...Some of those edlerly in the house up by the parks maybe would love to go to some of the new senior places available that would allow some land so our park can stay the way it is. Houses can be moved if that is an issue..Houses have been torn down for parking in other locations to accomodate business now why not use some land to create more jobs in our beautiful town and areas surrounding it...

  • Joan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well said Doug! I wish I had gotten to them sooner to remove them off the group, and I really hope that not a lot of people, and no children saw those. That was uncalled for, as Jeff said personal attacks are also not required here. And no, the park is not for sale, we are not talking about selling the park.