Last month, news of a proposed zipline in Wissahickon Valley Park came out and community opposition began to gather. As it turns out, the "zipline" is in fact a "Treetop Adventure Course," a difference so crucial that the city went and made a webpage all about what a Treetop Adventure Course entails. In brief: ropes, trees, dorky harnesses. However, these revelations have done nothing to stem controversy related to the hypothetical ropes-in-trees recreation facility.
In fact, neighbors from local civic associations have formed a group, the Alliance for the Preservation of the Wissahickon (APOW) to protect the park from the encroaching threat of rope-based recreation.
The city estimates that the course would receive about 150 visitors per day, and bring in a modest revenue stream for the department of Parks & Recreation. However, APOW feels that the course would damage trees and wildlife. Equestrians, who often ride in the proposed course area, fear losing 8-10 acres of park.
Expect continuing coverage of this hot-button issue.
· NW Philly residents form alliance against proposed treetop adventure course in the Wissahickon [Newsworks]
· Proposed Tree Top Adventure Course [Parks and Rec]