Creve Coeur Park May Get A Zip Line

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) - A big change coming for St. Louis County's most popular park:  a new zip line adventure course.

It's supposed to bring in a lot money; but there are concerns it may bring in a lot traffic, too.
Still zip lining is zipping toward county council approval.

It looks like people will be zipping through the treetops of Creve Coeur Park by Memorial Day.

On paper it seems like a 'no-brainer' but out among the actual treetops, even those who like the idea of a zip line course, wonder about its impact.

'It would pull from the aesthetics I think, a little bit,' said Jason Kulma of St. Charles, who was riding his bike through the park Wednesday night. 'It is kind of pretty up here and it is kind of pulled away from the trail, so you come up here to kind of hang out and now you`re going to pull a whole bunch of people up here now, potentially.'

A company called Go Ape will run the course.  Go Ape has 3 others in the U.S.

It has a promotional video touting its benefits; including revenue sharing with land owners; which the St. Louis County Parks Director, Tom Ott, said could mean $100,000 -a- year for park improvements, county-wide.

'New restrooms, new playgrounds, shelters, etc.,' Ott said.

He also said the impact would actually be minimal.

The course will operate near the corporate picnic site in the upper portion of the park; use just 7 of the park`s 2114 acres - in the air - not on the ground; with a maximum of 14 people hitting the course every 30 minutes, from 9-3 daily, by reservation;  meaning a need for an average of  only 5-6 parking spots every hour, because so few people drive alone for this kind of fun.

'It`s not all just zip lines.  It`s a treetop adventure course.  There`s going to be 30-35 obstacles.

There`s going to be cargo nets to climb; ladders; swings; swinging bridges and then the zip line.  The zip line will actually take your from 1 station to the next,' Ott said.

'Yeah I`d do it.  Of course I would do it.  It would be blast,' Kulma laughed.

The cost will be $55 for adults, $35 for kids. You have to be at least 10, wear harnesses and go through training sessions.

Go Ape is insured and claims the course will be built in a way that will not harm the trees.

The county council will take a final vote on the proposal Tuesday night, February 19th.

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