Truro councillor pushing for aerial adventure facility in Victoria Park

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The public will have an opportunity to have their say on an aerial adventure park being proposed for Truro's Victoria Park.
The town's department of parks, recreation and culture will host a public meeting to hear from residents on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in council chambers of town hall. Councillors received a public presentation from Martin Laviolette, a TreeGO owner in Moncton and Fredericton, a week ago.
Coun. Greg MacArthur, who chairs the recreation committee, visited the Moncton site in Centennial Park last weekend.
"Everybody I talked to up there said there was all kinds of opposition at first until the people actually got in to the woods," he said. "These guys are true professionals."
He is supporting the project and says it would make the community a destination point and bring upwards of 25,000 visitors to the town annually. The idea is when those visitors come to town they will spend their money at restaurants, hotels and other businesses.
"I want to make TreeGO a go," MacArthur told the Truro Daily News. "I think TreeGO will be a great success in Truro."
Mayor Bill Mills said he is hearing from people both for and against the idea. While some see it as a "cool idea" others are worried it will detract from the park's serenity.
"To a lot of people that's their spot where they go to walk and just get away from things... I'm hearing that more and more," Mills said.
He recently walked through Victoria Park to get a sense of how the park might change with six zip lines crossing the gorge in the Jacob's Ladder area of the park.
"You may be walking through the park and you might hear somebody having a great time because of the thrill of a zip line or whatever. Will that interfere with people's enjoyment of the park? Probably so," Mills said. "We need to hear those things from people who attend the meeting, either pro or con."
The plan would also include an obstacle course of rope bridges, Tarzan ropes and swings to be located near Lewis Road in the southwest side of the park.
MacArthur lives on Burnyeat Street, a stone's throw from the park. He also sits on the town's heritage advisory committee and initially had concerns about the heritage of the park as well.
"We're dealing with a jewel, which is our Victoria Park, so we don't want to let anything in there that's not going to be credible," he said. "I guarantee these guys are not going to ruin your park."

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Truro Daily News, Jacob's

Geographic location: Truro, Victoria Park, Moncton Fredericton Centennial Park Lewis Road Burnyeat Street

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