Original starting date for summer hampered by delays getting construction crews on site
TRENTON - While TreeGo has been a no-go for this summer in Trenton Park, the company believes a fall to late winter season of aerial adventures is still possible.
Parks and recreation co-ordinator Martin Bates stands in the possible location for a TreeGo aerial ropes course at Trenton Park. AMANDA JESS ‚Äď THE NEWS
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre waiting for details from franchise to see if they have the manpower for Trenton Park available,‚ÄĚ said Martin Laviolette, spokesperson for TreeGo. ‚ÄúWe missed the spring and summer timelines so it‚Äôs been a struggle.‚ÄĚ
There are two crews responsible for the specialized work needed to alter the park for a Treego course. They‚Äôve been travelling across Canada and France working at various sites and delays in those projects have meant delays for Trenton Park.
Laviolette hopes to find out within a week or so if a crew will be available this fall.
‚ÄúIf it goes, we should have a couple of weeks of operation, even if it‚Äôs just weekends,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe should be able to run it more frequently however because there‚Äôs not as much snow in Trenton as there is at our Moncton TreeGo location.‚ÄĚ
Staff from TreeGo has been working with Trenton Park staff to ensure that the town and other stakeholders are kept posted.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs not much we can do from here on the ground,‚ÄĚ said Martin Bates, the parks recreation co-ordinator. ‚ÄúThe town is still waiting patiently.‚ÄĚ
Laviolette noted that communication with park staff has been excellent throughout the planning stages of the TreeGo project.
‚ÄúThey are very receptive there and just waiting for us to come in,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve had no issues with the area of Trenton and New Glasgow and I find the people are overly friendly very anxious to get (Treego) there.‚ÄĚ
Part of that communication has involved TreeGo submitting their plans to the park for consideration. Park officials turned down the first proposal, but after making some modifications, a new proposal was approved.
‚ÄúThe work that got done was design work for the course itself,‚ÄĚ said Bates. ‚ÄúWe looked at it, were in agreement and wanted it done with less impact. That necessitated a different layout with less tress being trimmed.‚ÄĚ
Altogether, Bates said that some tree limbs and four trees were taken down for the project. Ropes and harnesses are still in place high above the forest floor, waiting for workers to return and finish the job.
‚ÄúIt will not affect anyone and will have zero impact on the walking trails and environment of the park,‚ÄĚ said Laviolette. ‚ÄúUnless you have a problem with children playing and people laughing, it will enhance the park.‚ÄĚ
At the latest, Laviolette said TreeGo in Trenton would be up and running by spring 2015. Once it‚Äôs operational, about eight local staff would be hired, though an experienced staffer from TreeGo‚Äôs Moncton location may be on site for the first few months.
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