Aerial adventure park being considered

Jason Malloy
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New Brunswick company looking to construct site in Truros Victoria Park

TRURO - Zip lines could be installed at Victoria Park this summer if Truro town council enters into an agreement with a private company.
Martin Laviolette, who owns TreeGO parks in Moncton and Fredericton, presented his plans to create an aerial adventure park to council on Monday. The plan includes an obstacle course of rope bridges, Tarzan ropes and swings, which would be located near Lewis Road in the southwest side of the park. It would also include about six zip lines running high above the park's gorge and near Jacob's Ladder.
"That's really the heart of the park," said Coun. Brian Kinsman. "People go there for peace and quiet (and) to enjoy nature."
While he admitted the project would be "hugely popular," Kinsman raised questions about it being the most appropriate location.
"It's very, very important for the franchise not to disturb any activity in the park itself," Laviolette assured. "We try to bring something to the park, not take anything out of the park."
Based on visits at the Moncton and Fredericton locations, the company expects between 20,000 and 25,000 customers annually. It would be open from May until the end of October.
"I am concerned about the precedent we are establishing in terms of commercialization of Victoria Park," said Kinsman, who also has concerns about access and parking.
Coun. Greg MacArthur, who is the recreation committee chairman, said the attraction would bring tourists to town with spinoffs for local businesses and create about 15 seasonal jobs.
"They don't change the outlook of your park, they add to your park," he said.
"There's no councillor here that would want to do anything that would impede the usefulness of the park," added Coun. Charles Cox.
Besides the two New Brunswick parks, the company has nine sites in Quebec and one in British Columbia and New York. If the Truro proposal goes forward it would be the largest of the Canadian sites.
The company said if it received the green light from the town, construction would begin on either May 10 or 17 with a completion date for July 1. The company would lease the land from the town, run the business and assume the liability.
MacArthur said a very limited number of trees would be removed to create the park and added the town's tree technician is in support of the proposal.
Because the park would be spread out it was hard to provide how much space would be needed.
It is expected the town will host a meeting in the near future to get public input.

Organizations: Truro town council, Jacob's

Geographic location: Victoria Park, New Brunswick, Moncton Fredericton Lewis Road Quebec British Columbia New York

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  • dave
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    as long as they cover the liabilty - sounds great.

  • all for it
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    This has got to be approved, it's an amazing idea, and would be nothing but a HUGE plus for the town of Truro. Everything from tourism down to you're kid having more to do than go bowling on their birthday.

  • Say no
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    It may be a good idea for some other area BUT NOT IN OUR PARK!! When the land was deeded to the town, one of the conditions clearly stated was that it was not to be used or part leased for any For-Profit enterprise of any kind. If you don't know how many people use the park now for what it was intended for and has been worked on for many years to improve then you are one of the unfortunates that do not come to this beautiful area to enjoy nature for what it is but have to be constantly amused etc. by outside influences. Shame on the Town for not remembering the conditions of the gift and why they gave it.

  • ArthurStRes
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Go to Moncton and try it out for yourself 'Say No' and see what you have to say about it than.

  • Enoch
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Great Idea!

  • Say No
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Maybe Go For It should do their research. The pool and the canteen are Non-Profit.

  • Go For It
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Say No: do you not pay for food at the canteen in the park, do you not pay to swim in the big pool, do they make a profit ? Say no is something that a few people in Truro have said all to often. No to this and no to that, look at the skate park, there were lots of no's then, I am glad that the Town didn't listen to the no's. Do your reserch first before you say no.

  • ArthurStRes
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is a great idea. I have seen the one in Moncton and it looks like a lot of fun and very active for people to get out and do. Bring it to Truro.

  • Mike
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I think this could be one of the greatest additions to Truro in recent years. Many local famillies drive to Moncton for this, let's bring something new to Truro for a change! What a way to show off this local wonder!

  • Reg
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Bring it on!!!!

  • ParkLover
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This cannot happen!!!!
    Not in our beautiful park, if it gets the green light I want to lease some land in the park for my business.
    It is a park, not commercial land. Do not ruin our park with a tacky zip line.

  • Say No
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Funny, I thought this was a place to voice your personal opinions on subjects not a place for people to feel it is okay to attack others, from the safety of their anonymity, who don't agree with them.

  • V
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I would love to see this go through. I really would prefer to spend my money and save the gas by doing things here in Truro during summer vacation. Truro does not have a lot of cool places that are day trip and vacation-focused, like Moncton and other places within a 2 hr drive has. A waterslide park (as previously announced) and this attraction would keep a lot of families here in Truro for summer day trips -- and encourage a lot more people to drive from their low entertainment communities to here to spend money.

    The real issue though, is the park itself. We all know how the entire town and surrounding communities feel about Victoria Park, and I am EXTREMELY CONFIDENT that those in charge of this on behalf of Vic Park and Truro would ensure, without any doubt, that all of Victorias Park-- all of its beauty and all it has to offer as is will be preserved should this be approved.