Consensus says zip lines a great idea but not for Victoria Park

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Consensus says zip lines a great idea but not for Victoria Park

TRURO - A recurring theme arose at a public meeting in Truro last night: bring an aerial adventure park to Truro, but don't locate it in Victoria Park.
"Why not buy property if you want it for commercial purpose ... the park's not for sale," said Truro's John Blois to a loud round of applause.
About 175 people crammed into town council chambers last night for a public information session on the issue. There was standing room only, with some people squeezing in and sitting on the floor.
"I hope to see you in Truro, but not in the park," added Truro's Don Simpson to more verbal shouts
of agreement and raucous hand-clapping.
Rod McLellan voiced his opinion in regards to the proposed aerial adventure park that could be located near Lewis Road in the southwest side of the park if Truro town council enters into an agreement with private company TreeGO.
"Move ahead (with the project) just find somewhere other than Victoria Park ... I don't want to hang my head in shame (later) and have to admit we let this happen," said McLellan.
Many others in the crowd said using the park for anything other than recreational purposes was inappropriate.
Truro's Angela Reid said the park was bequeathed to the town's residents by its forefathers and "I'm sure they would turn over in their graves" if it was used for commercial
"If I had given a gift I'd be very insulted if it was given away ... do we have the right to turn the park into a commercial entity," asked Truro's Frank Harvey.
Not everyone was against the project in Victoria Park.
"I've searched across the province for things to do with the kids ... we have missed a lot of opportunities to see kids involved" in events locally, said Truro's Dave Brush.
Nineteen-year-old Adam Berry said the aerial park offers a much-needed new physical activity venue.
"This is the most lazy group of people that were ever born and we are going to flood the hospital with our carcasses," said Berry.
"This is a good idea and the noise is not outrageous."
Other teenagers said they have taken friends out of town because in their opinion there wasn't anything interesting to do here.
Others, including the Truro Chamber of Commerce's Tim Tucker, said the financial and tourism benefits to the town are a can't-miss opportunity.
"How often does an opportunity come to attract thousands of people into Truro?" Tucker asked.
One thing almost everyone agreed on, regardless of their opinion of location, is a desire to see the project slow down.
"I'm not anti-development. I am against decisions being made in a rush that lead to bad decisions," said Truro's Dennis James, to applause.
The crowd was told it takes at least six weeks to get materials and build the adventure park. Town council could make a final decision during its next monthly meeting March 1.
If the project proceeds, construction would begin in May with a
completion date for July 1; it would be open from May to the end of October.

Organizations: Truro town council, Truro Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Lewis Road

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  • Anne
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Yes, the park is beautiful, I agree and having grown up in this area, I love it! When I was young there was a campground there with tourists coming from all over. It was wonderful. I think it is a shame to have such a great park in Truro and use it for nothing but walking the dog! Its' time something was put in there to give people a reason to go to the park....the Treego idea is awesome...I'll never use but there are lots of younger people who would.....I hope this idea doesn't fall flat because of a few outspoken Truronians that hate change and progress!!

  • Joan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I agree Wanda, this article (as well as the others put out) have been slightly biased. The photographer was taking pictures of those opposed, not really any of the people speaking for TreeGO... There was a lot of applauding for the things that the pro TreeGO people were saying too... and the people that were shouting... well they were doing it for both, that's just who they are.... I think that the Daily News should include some of the info provided like Jeff has stated They mentioned the comment that this is a gift and should not be sold, but they didn't mention the rebuttal. We are not selling, we are enhancing... no one would be opposed to someone making better use of a gift they gave you! The only alternate location offered included a dump site, I don't believe that is the scenery that people want to be zipping over. Many people there who have done this before said they feel at one with nature when they are doing it... who wants to be one with a dump site? Many people who have been to aerial parks before also heard so little noise, that they didn't even know they were under the lines until they looked up and saw someone above them! Most of the people against TreeGO in the park have never seen a TreeGO in a community jewel at some other location! Like one man said, Who are we kidding to think that we are more proud of our park then Moncton was (and is) of theirs?

  • Truro & Area Resident
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I do have to say I agree with several points made during the meeting, though I was floored by the number of area residents who said the sounds of people enjoying themselves and nature would be an absolutely annoyance, ruining their daily lives and property value. If people having good, clean, and harmless fun is offensive to you - well, I honestly dont know what to say to that. That should have been the least of arguments.

    I am 100% for the TreeGo project in the area, but I do think there are things to consider:

    1. Alternatives should be sought FIRST, if possible. Someone mentioned a piece of treed land, privately owned, that is for sale up off of Burnyeat - which would be right next to the park without being IN the park. This seems a reasonable alternative.

    2. Feasibility study should be done to determine economic impact it may really have for the area.

    3. An environmental impact assessment should be done and made public before any decision is made.

    4. Competition analysis should be done - it was brought up that Upper Clement's Park is looking at a similar installation at present. TreeGo indicated this is not one of their negotiations.

    5. The March 1st deadline for a decision truly is far too tight. More consideration and research needs to be completed to see if there IS a way to make both sides happy - namely, finding a suitable alternate location, such as the private property for sale off of Burnyeat, which still encompasses the gorge.

    For those suggesting moving TreeGo outside of the town, that idea defeats the purpose of bringing TreeGo in to begin with. The goal, I believe, is to find something that will revive tourism within the town limits itself, with a new generation of tourists and tourists that perhaps we are missing out on. Outside of town will already have the water park and the civic center - the town itself needs something, are all business is going to stick to the outskirts and the downtown core will continue to die.

  • Michelle from Truro
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Anderson from Truro - yes, I think there should be an environmental impact study done. Are you a biologist? Can you say for certain that nothing negative will happen to the park as a result of TreeGo?

    I want to know what effect the increased traffic, plus the wear and tear on the trees will have on the park and wildlife in it. The park is a fragile ecosystem that needs to be protected. The Carbon footprint these people will leave will go through the roof. That alone disturbs me.

    This March 1st deadline won't allow for any of that. I get the impression that TreeGo just wants to push it through in hopes that we won't care.

    I've been and participated in the TreeGo in Moncton, have you? I've seen it. I don't want it in Victoria park.

    And for the record, when I go to the park its for serenity and peace. And I walk along Jacob's ladder. and the paths around it with my dog.

    the economic benefits do not outweigh the many problems this project has.

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Any time there is a short deadline for a decision, that is a red flag that should not be ignored. Consumer advisers tell you not to fall for a salesman's gotta act quick pitch that usually means the deal isn't as good as it sounds.
    Private investors are always looking for the cheapest way to go (more profits) and if that means taking public land for their own gain, then so be it.
    You do have to look at the real economic benefit from new visitors. The age group will determine the real value and what businesses will get the additional sales (hotels, restaurants, etc.). Is that enough to allow the take over of a public facility for a minority of citizens and visitors? It seems that most of the pro comments are from young people who tend to spend less outside the facility than family groups.
    Once you allow a take over of a public park, you can't get it back without enormous costs. The fad will wear off. The damage is done.
    This is NOT a good idea for Victoria Park. It makes more sense at another underused location.

  • stephen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    This park - which is stunning and hugely under-rated was intended to remain free from commercial exploitation.

    What about the lands donated as nature trusts within Nova Scotia? What guarantees are in place that those lands will not be used for dirt bike courses or theme parks or other whims of the well-meaning rabble in 100 years time?

    We need to put the zip-line course (which is a great idea, btw) outside the park where parking is cheap and all that.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Google TreeGO, ziplines are a tiny part of the system.

    How TreeGO has operated in Moncton and Mactaquac is through a partnership with the public park, the money TreeGO pays cintennial park is reinvested into the park park as a whole, as would hopefully be the agreeement in Truro

    Even with the park partnerships a TreeGO park is still a 600 000 dollar investment on thier part, buying land may not be in their buisness plan, though of course I hope it would be as that would please a large part of our population.

    Thanks for the support everyone.

    I know there are even more supporters out there, I learned that when I took a petetion at my school yesterday and collect 104 signatures in 60 minutes from young people and faculty alike.

  • TreeGoGO
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Hey Adam Berry from Truro, just a little advice for you young fella - try to relax a little bit there buddy. In reading your posts with great interest, you seem to be getting angrier by the word. Also, in future posts, try not to paint everyone in the area with the same brush, you only leave yourself open for criticism. Like someone posted earlier, I am quite sure the MAJORITY of people in the area (including myself) support the idea of Treego but not at Victoria Park. Is that so hard to comprehend??? Why don't some of you who have so much anger put that towards finding another solution or spot to put this? There are other activitites out there to help your generation cope with the fat / laziness issue. How about, hockey, baseball, soccer, football, skateboarding, skiing, snow boarding, golf, rugby, running, walking, dancing, swimming etc. I am quite sure they are all offered in little ol' Truro. So put down your PS3 and check them out, I am sure you would have a lot of fun!

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Who needs dreamers right flogger

    While I am far above insulting or criticising you in a similar fashion, I will say that I have the nads to put my real name on here and stand up for what I beleive in.

    Thanks for the input!

  • Mark
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Treego is a great idea for the Town of Truro. The point of locating such an attraction in the downtown area is to bring people into the town and not the outskirts. Think of this scenario, parents bring their teenagers to Treego in Victoria park while they go for a walk on a nature trail without ever noticing people zipping along their heads. This idea would not be as successful without attaching it to the park. Who wouldn't want to view the natural beauty of the park from above. Anyone against the idea has seen a zip line course as it blends into the background. If you want young people to move to Truro you have to offer something to improve their quality of life. We will be getting a new hospital, hopefully a new civic centre, just got a skate park, now a new water park, this would just be another feather in the hat. The more our town offers the better.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    The crowd was a misrepresentation of our population, in both age and interest. I also brought a petition with over 100 names on it of students who support treego in victoria park

    Sadly the opposition showed up in greater numbers, I would hardly call this a concensus I'm sorry.

  • Young girl
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    As I have read most people are NOT disagreeing with the growth of Truro. If they were, how come we are getting a civic centre and water park. And that to me is for mostly young people not old people. And as I recall there is a new skate park in Truro too, I drive by it every day on my way to work. Victoria Park is not the place for a zip line attraction so, any alternative locations? And if you want to go zip lining there is one located in Pictou area open year round.

  • chief wiggam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    lol. this is stupid because in reality the land they are arguing over is disputed land with the mikmaq people of nova scotia. and part of a land claim. so i say keep it the way it is until they decide what they (mikmaq) want to do with it.

  • Craig
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I used to live in Truro not too long ago and found Victoria Park the only piece of paradise within walking distance to the town core. I'm sure there are other treed locations in and around Truro for those who like to go wheeeee .
    The senior's rebuttal is the most lucid comment I've read lately on the subject. Bravo!

  • bruce
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Sure wish there didn't have to be such acrimony,in a democracy all have a voice and supposedly the people who serve find a solution of most benefit to all. it's tyranny to shout down others who don't share your view. I've never seen such a long string on any subject in this forum.Rarely do 175 people show up for a meeting of any kind.
    I appreciate the position of youth ,I support them whole heartedly.I find the no skate boarding signs all over town repugnant,the same people who put them up had no problem rollerskating all over town in the fifties/early sixties.
    I cannot fathom why with the huge acreage available in the park there is no plan B.The area staked out is at the nexus of most points of view for people seeking the illusion of being away from it all ,it's hardly possible to traverse the park without being in the midst of the adventure.That may be fine for some or most,and the effect on others may be minimal,why push it?Go deeper,no one in shape for that sport would balk at a little walk.I too am a little skeptical in regard to the need for speed as far as a decision being made.

  • Oldtimer
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I think what some people need to learn is how to compromise. Adam you seem to be ignoring the fact that TreeGO could be built somewhere else. Victoria Park would be a wonderful place for it, but it is obvious that a lot of people don't want it there.

    In my opinion the most important thing is to keep everyone as happy as possible. A lot of people will be unhappy if TreeGO is not built, but a lot will also be unhappy if it is built in the park. So the obvious solution is to build it in another location.

    Even if the reasons people don't want it being built in the park are stupid (which I'm not saying they all are) the fact is that people will be upset. And let's face it, no one likes upset people. No one (or very few people) would be upset if TreeGO were to be built in another location. This is the obvious solution which will satisfy most people.

    Also, never say there is nothing to do. There is always something to do. If you have nothing to do then you haven't tried hard enough. I've lived in Truro long enough that I know you can always find something. And if you can't, then start a group, organize something. And if you still can't do it, then move away, experience something new and pretty soon you'll see that youmiss Truro and it's crazy, weird, passionate-in-all-the-wrong ways.

    Finally, realize that you are not arguing over anything monumental. TreeGO will not change the world and some people are taking this far too seriously. If you put all of this passion and energy into creating an outdoors group of some sort instead of bantering pointlessly you would probably have something worth talking about. The building of TreeGO is not the deciding factor in Truro's existence. So don't act like it is.

  • Leo
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I appreciate 'siskando's comments above about being verus doing, though, like Adam, I wish people would not hide behind silly pseudonyms online. It's not healthy.

    You don't have to dig up the park to destroy the atmosphere there. The treasure of this park is not merely quantitative. Just because Treego won't remove any trees does not mean that its presence will not alter the qualitative atmosphere there. The pleasure of looking up through the trees at the sky is not the same as looking up through the trees and the maze of cables and ropes, through the tourists at the sky.

    What stunned me the most about Victoria Park when I first moved here was that the people of a town could so obviously value the presence of nature and its tranquility that they had the wisdom to set aside some land for not doing anything with. Just to recognize that it could be valuable to people to just go there. Not DO anything there. Just go there to be.

    The park is so much more than the sum of its trees and the total of its acreage. The park is a living sign that human beings, aside from their great desire to mold and shape and alter and defeat nature, can also respect nature, can sometimes leave nature alone, and that there is a value in that.

    It's not just for the number of trees that I bring my kids to Victoria Park. I bring them there to show them that life is not only about making money. That even though our culture shows precious few signs of it, not every square inch of this planet is dedicated to greed.

  • Shirley
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I am 25 years old, I'm in total agreement with putting Treego in the town of Truro. What people need to realize is that the undeveloped area of the park is where wildlife feel safe. Why go out of our way to take what little bit they have left in this town. Not wanting Treego in Victoria Park has nothing to do with being a SENIOR or CLOSEMINDED. It's quite sickening to be called closeminded over trying to find different options for something that would be awesome for Truro. No one's saying that it shouldn't come to Truro at all.. we're all just trying to get the point across that it would be a better fit somewhere close by the park so people can still enjoy the park while there children are using the Treego facilities. Just my opinion but the vast majority of those for Treego in the park are more closed minded then those who are against it in the park. People against the park are all for finding another location. While others are running around shouting accusations about not wanting Truro to grow..
    As for the statements that Treego in Victoria Park would make people stay.. let us be real for a second. Treego is one simple undertaking. Yes it would be fun for the first year but the reality is it would die off lets not kid ourselves.. half of the population can't afford to feed themselves and family's let alone shelling out almost 30 dollars for an afternoon. Why ruin a perfectly great ecosystem as we have it now for a few ropes, cables and wires. Again I would like to point out that I am not a Senior. What's wrong with taking a couple hours a day and walking the park for free?? If we can't seem to get up the ambition for a simple hike in the park what makes you think it's going to be any different with this in the park once the novelty wears off? We are a generation that is more concerned with what coloured Ipod to buy or when the new Blackberry/Video game console is going to come out. For that we should be ashamed. Why not have an appreciation for nature at it's most pure state, sure it's not as fun as playing Vice City, or Mass Effect, but it's real.

  • Cory
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I don't know why council is wasting TreeGo's time by making them think they might approve this. Truro is not about growth or tourism. This is a very unfriendly town and if it doesn't have something to do with being old or God; it's not welcomed. Let's throw more money into the debt ridden Marigold Centre and let good things continue to come to the Power Centre.

  • Anderson
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I don't think that the problem here is young people who've never heard the word no. It's about a culture of reactionary, fear-based conservatism that has developed in this town that always says no.

    Perhaps our reality-TV-watching young people have heard the word no too much. No! We can't do that. No! We're too small. No! We're too old. No! We can't afford it. No! It's too loud! No! Not in our town.

    And in the very next breath the very same nay-sayers whine about all our young people leaving the area - don't you realize that they are saying NO to Truro.

    Where do you think they learned it?

    This project has all around positive economic benefit, minimal environmental impact (Parks Canada builds rope and wood bridges in much more environmentally sensitive areas of Canada and with much more traffic), the land remains in the possession of the town (meaning that if the experiment fails there is nothing lost) and only a small portion of it is actually going to overlap with currently used parkland (and none of it is going to impede the free enjoyment of the park for the community - there is no violation of the spirit in which the land was donated).

    Offer up some real objection beyond the usual NO please.

  • Citizen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I agree we may be rushing into this, but I do not agreee that it is a bad idea. It requires more research, by the supporters, but DEFINATELY by the opposers.

  • Support TreeGO
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    I think what some people are failing to realize is it's NOT just a zipline. For the person who suggested to go to Pictou and use the one there, and for the person suggesting to put it down the mountain in Wentwoth....IT'S NOT JUST A ZIPLINE. Educate yourself on what exactly TreeGo is. I think it would do wonders for this town, and the park is the perfect location. It could attract families and those who want to do the course could do it and if parents, or other family members don't want to take part, they can walk around the park - other locations this couldn't happen. I fully support it being in the park and hope council realizes this IS a good idea or they wouldn't be considering it in the first place.


  • dave
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    this town is only interested in government handouts - private enterprise is not welcome.

  • Michelle from Truro
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I am a 35 year old home owner in Truro. And I've been to the Treego several times. Its a a lot of fun and I try to get there several times in the summer

    I wasn't able to get to the meeting. So I am going to voice my opinion here. I think a TreeGo is a great idea. But, NOT for Victoria Park. The park needs to be left as is.

    If council wants to bring one in, fine. Just find somewhere else for it. I am not happy with the fact that they would have to cut down trees.

    And what about an environmental impact assessment? Has one of those been done? I'd like to see one done and made public. I want PROOF that the park and the wildlife that is in it, isn't going to be harmed by the Treego and the increased traffic as a result. I don't know about anyone else, but I am not going to take a Treego official's word for it.

    I consider myself to be very green and I try to keep my carbon footprint as low as possible. That' why I think we should proceed with things carefully, and not just jump on the bandwagon because it looks fun

  • Enoch
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I own 10 acres of rugged property with many 100-200 year old trees just outside of Windsor, perfect for treego. I would love to steal them from you guys up in Truro.

  • B
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I dont understand.

    If people are all of a sudden concerned with the ecological state of the park, why didnt you stop all the urban sprawl on top of young street.

    Because of growth on the hill, it is increasing the amount of erosion and also leachate contamination, therefore WE ARE THE BIGGEST ECOLOGICAL THREAT . causing every year more trees to fall off the steep slopes and the contamination of the local waterways.


  • KT
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Something else to drive Truro youths out of the town (like myself and about 80% of my highschool peers) and move more retirees sad!

  • Jenna
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    My Opinion: I do not feel personally that Victoria Park is the suitable place for TreeGo, but AGREE that ANOTHER suitable location SHOULD be found and supported.
    Why do we all flock to the park in the first place?
    ...Because of its UNSPOILED beauty.
    I take my child here daily to walk, to bond, to teach my child about nature, to allow us to enjoy what once was and is now only found in few parks around our globe.
    The world is changing and so is its desires...
    It is not wrong to wish to preserve this gift that was bequethed to us all in its natural state. It is too late to look back in hindsight and say oops... I too have been to the Moncton TreeGo and honestly, for me not somethng I would do again.
    Truro IS a progressive town of as we see by the great things to come in our new hospital, civic center and now the water park. GOOD for US! Lets join in UNITY to find a place TreeGo CAN GO and preserve our Park's Natural Beauty for our future generations (like my children) to enjoy.
    Let US be DIFFERENT.

  • KRIS
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    So are you saying that whatever YOUR view and opinion is, that everyone else's is wrong? Are you saying that no one else is allowed to think unless its the way you think? Are you saying its ok for you to judge people? Are you saying its ok for you to insult people? Are you saying its ok for you to correct people's spelling? Who is saying no to me? I have no idea what you are talking about? What is a reality tv generation. I am 31 years old. I have a child, a husband. I live attached to Victoria Park. I am there ALOT. Are you ? I pay my taxes. I am confused to where you are getting these ideas about me? I certainly am not on here to tell people they are wrong for their beliefs and views as you are.
    Is standing up for what you believe in mean you have to degrade people. I think darin said it best yesterday on after your posts on the article from yesterday. you seem like a big bully to me.!!

  • Tony
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To Good Old Truro,

    I grew up in Truro and now work for a national paper in Ontario. I heard about renovations in VP and it spark my intrest. I did a little digging on the subject (looking at facebook groups, paper, ect.) to see what the fuzz was about. For one I cannot believe the amount of biast and anti-treego spin from the truro reporter, officially in print if there is a consensus then hopefully she would have taken an exit pole, and if not that is just bad journalism. Its fine to have your views but its wrong and unethical to use media to display them. I feel as if this Treego issue is something much more than a part of the park implamenting some ropes and ladders, its the reason I as well as many young professionals left to raise our families. Everytime I hear of people coming to Truro I say they must see VP. Its so large and I cannot believe that some residents are agaisnt it. It would be making your town better and more eye catching to tourists. Maybe things are different now, but people who are saying let's put it in Wentworth, Valley, Brookfeild, ect. that is not Truro, it is a totally different sector of government and Truro would not get direct revenue. But hey, if you want to add to the portfolio of other communities then go ahead.

  • Wanda
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    From everything that I have been reading on the two facebook groups dedicated to this subject, this article seems one sided. I wonder if the columnist is against this idea? There will be a video of the meeting available soon so we can all really see what happened at the meeting. From what I have read, both groups say that it looks like a go. For Truro's sake, I hope so.

  • Kat
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If Treego is located in Wentworth Valley the majority of kids will not have the means to get there. Part of the reason why this is such an important project is to create things for the kids of Truro to do. It is not all about the old people in Nursing homes you know! I really really hope this project is a go! It would definatly make life in Truro more pleasent. If developments like this happen and continue to happen I might actually consider raising my family here... but if not I will be moving to another province. I just can't handle the close-mindedness anymore... it really diminishes the quality of life.

  • siskando
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I was at the meeting last night, and I think some of the comments here are misrepresenting some facts. As a former Idealistic, passionate young person (and I'm not a senior yet) I understand how hard it is sometimes to state your opinion without making it personal - but I hope some of you young people learn this as soon as you can. I was very impressed at the number and quality of the comments by young people at the meeting. However, their analysis of the issue seemed fairly shallow - mainly if it's fun, that should be the best reason to do it, even if it tramps on other people's enjoyment . Very selfish - and very typical of the age - which is why older people don't like people this age to be making important decisions.

    Much of what you say is absolutely correct - Truro IS an old stodgy town, where change is unwelcome. Believe me, it is not even very exciting for older folks. But, besides speaking out on this issue, what are you doing to change that? You seem to say if someone doesn't give me what I want right now, I will just leave for a better place . Why do you expect people to do for you ? As young adults, you have to do for yourselves now. Are you speaking out on other things? Are you educating yourselves on how council works, and pushing for changes in that? ARE YOU VOTING? Are you running for office - or sitting on boards, or volunteering with social change agencies? This is how grown-ups make change. If all you do is whine about what you want, and criticize others with different needs, then no wonder older people don't have much respect for you!

    Most of the young people have shown, here, very little understanding of eco-systems, or the simple pleasures of spending quiet time among trees and other living things. You don't have to DO all the time - you need to learn how to just BE once in awhile. You will soon see how restoring it is. Are you really basing your future in Truro on whether there's a TreeGo in this particular spot in Victoria Park?! That is laughable, and I know you are NOT that silly. You will leave soon, anyway, to try new things, test out your ideals, and make good money. This will not keep you here.

    Don't you think it would be better to use your passion to find a solution that would satisfy both sides , so people could CHOOSE to have fun or just be in a beautiful place like our special Victoria Park? The answer you give, I think, will show your true level of maturity and consideration for others, not just yourself.

  • Tony
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is not the place for such a recreational activity. Many of us walk our dogs there daily or just go for a walk to enjoy the natural resources and beauty in this extremley delcate environment.
    There are so many other areas in the county to have such a recreatiional site.
    Is money the only reason to spoil such a wonderful piece of historic Truro and Victoria Park, a jewel in N.S.???

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I guess I wasn't too far off the mark: set up your zip-lines playground somewhere other than Victoria Park. We'll see just how 'feasible' and fantastic this idea is when the developers have to buy their own land and incur other associated costs. I sure hope they finish the new hospital soon so that it will be ready for the flood of carcasses.

  • Michelle
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Ashley McNutt from Truro. My reasons for not supporting TreeGo in the park are

    1. The March 1st deadline. Why do they feel the need to rush it? We need to make a careful, informed choice.

    2. Despite what you and many others on here seem to think, increased traffic in the park will have an impact on the eco-system. (And yes, I spent the 30+ Thousand on a degree and know about eco-systems. )

    3. An Enviromental impact study needs to be done and realeased for the public. I want proof that the animals, trees, ect, aren't going to be harmed. And that can't be done before the March 1st deadline.

    4) I've done more then go to their website. I've been to Moncton. I've checked it out, I've been zipping. And I am not convinced that the park in Moncton isn't suffering. The wildlife is no where to be found.

    The majority of people like the idea of a Zipline, we just don't want it in the park.,

    And for the record. I'm 35, and walk the trails, see the falls, hike through the woods on a regular basis. I go there for peace and quite and don't want it ruined.

    For those like Adam and Bruce Barry that are for TreeGo in the park. What's wrong with waiting and having an impact study done? Whats wrong with being careful in our choices and not rushing into anything. Because once Commercial Activity starts in the park, we can't take it back.

    And it will be the park, animals and future generations of us that enjoy the parks beauty that will pay the price.

  • Truro Resident
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The issue was also brought up regarding pricing and how inaccessible this is as a regular physical activity.

    If Council DOES move forward, perhaps that is something the Council could and should negotiate - instead of 500 free one-time passes, negotiate for long-term access to season's passes for ALL residents who may be interested. These could be purchased through the town with proof of address within Colchester County, for example. I don't see why that couldn't be a stipulation of contract.

    Regardless of his indication that there are tonnes of other towns wanting this, Martin of TreeGo was sweating it... he wants this park, and badly. Therefore - why not leverage Truro's position to gain more for the community so that it COULD be accessible to more locals for physical activity, if it IS going to happen.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Whats a PS3?

    I am a national level curler and a BMX enthusiast, I am in the gym 5 days a week and I am in the recreation Leadership program at the NSCC. I also volunteer at numerous organizations including the Canadian Mental Health Association. I have no time for such things, if you accuse me of painting people with the same brush, please do not assume I have my nose in a video game.

    I am not growing angrier by the word and I appologise if it seems like that.

    Of course I am aware that people want Treego just not in victoria park, trust me it was stated several times with vigor last evening.

    I am not QUITE SURE of anything after only one meeting.

    I would like to say sorry about painting people with the same brush, it was narrow minded of me, and you are right. I become a little heated over this issue and things slip.

    We're all friends here advocating for change, and to make Truro a better place, This TreeGo stuff is one of many things I work on in the community.

    Win or lose I hope to see that many people at a meeting again showing people that we all care about our town.

  • Jeff
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Why doesn't this article bring up any of the information presented by the counsil or treego?

    1. all trails open now will remain open and unchanged
    2: cost to tax payers and county: $0.00
    3: the vast majority of treego will be located in an unused portion of the park.
    4. new parking will be made on town land between Young and Fairveiw with overflow at Douglas St. School
    5: 20 tree's will have to be cut down with no permanent damage to the ones needed by Treego

  • Truro Implant
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    DISAPPOINTMENT in Truro once again. In the 14 years that I have lived in Truro
    I have seen them time and time again refuse progress. NOT IN OUR TOWN seems to be the motto. TREE GO should be seen as an ENHANCEMENT to our beautiful park , it will bring the younger generation in so they can also learn to love and appreciate their park! Also, having experienced TREEGO, it is about bonding, family time and encouragement and how can we as a community refuse that! Our park has so much more to offer lets use it .

  • Scott
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    The poor logic demonstrated in some of these posts is truly disturbing.

    First, there is already a considerable amount of business conducted in the park. There is a canteen full of overpriced items, every Canada day people sell all kinds of things in the park, the swimming pool conducts business, etc.

    Second, for those of you who feel that TreeGo will take away from the beauty and peacefulness of the park, do you also agree that we should tear down the swings and playground equipment? Should we tear down the bandstand and get rid of the pool? These things also generate a lot of noise.

    The reality is that we accept these things because they have been there a long time. People use them to have a good time and they bring people to the park. Is TreeGo really so different?

    Finally, if the real problem here is that an outside company is talking about building this then why don't we build it ourselves? Is it really that hard to build a rope course? Doing this would mean that the town would still own the land and wouldn't have to charge a fee to use it.

  • Michelle from Nova Scotia
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To those who are all for having the TreeGo in the park. What's wrong with stepping back and waiting for an environmental impact study to be done and made public?

    And second, have you been to the TreeGo in Moncton? I have, and I don't want to see the park end up like that.

    My first concern is for the environment and wildlife of the park I make use of several times a week. The park is stunning, and deserves to stay that way.

    Jack from Nova Scotia - don't know how many times you've been to Victoria park, but, it's the undeveloped part of the park with the trails, and such that is an amazing place to hike and watch the wildlife. Last thing I want to see is that ruined.

    Adam Berry , I respect your opinion, but what's wrong with waiting for an environmental study? Because an extra 104 people a day could make a big difference in a sensitive ecosystem like the park. If you don't believe me, go ask a biology teacher at CEC. And, I find it hard to believe that Martin Laviolette has our park's best interest at heart. He's a business man. All they care about is the almighty dollar.

    And lastly, to those who support this, stop slamming people who don't agree with you. I am tired of reading people dissing those of us who don't agree and the elderly that made this town what it is. Show some respect. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

  • Truro Gal
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    If we are posting is one that applies to this situation:

    I don't understand why people are frightened of new ideas, I'm frightened of the old ones. - John Cage

    I am really really hoping that the Truro Town Council goes ahead with this idea, this may open the doors that we are open to new business ventures and bring more people to our town, especially our down town!

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Flogger, I don't think this is about you, its about the whole town and our beautiful park.

    Great point on the olympic torch relay Ashley, very big and successful, but why did people like it so much? I think its because it was big and loud and fun with people from all over the province.

    I spent an hour all alone post event picking up trash, it was then that I realised just to what level I love the park.

  • John
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    to Anderson.
    I do go to the area of Jacob's Ladder for serenity and I am NOT a liar as you stated. I resent the implication. Let's have a civilized discussion without name calling, please.

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well said GILLIAD.

  • Kris
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I say yahhh to Adam Berry!! 19 years old and able to voice his opinion without being rude and insulting, as I see Flogger on here day after day after day. I am shocked the daily news continues to let this man continue to write such garbage on here. I assume Flogger you are in the senior category? I live on Burnyeat st with Victoria park in my back yard. Close to the pool. I never hear noise. People always just want something to complain about! Kudos to you Adam berry. you seem like a very mature young man!

  • Anderson
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    1. The majority of this project would be on unused park land. It wouldn't affect any of the current trails. 2. The zip lines would be located near Jacob's ladder which is hardly a peaceful place in the park (and you're lying...absolutely LYING if you say you go THERE for serenity. I'm in the park all the time and nobody is there in quiet contemplation. Just boot campers who are shedding pounds on Jacob's Ladder). 3. An environmental impact study? Really? For ropes in trees? Someone call the government - I've got a tire swing for my kids. 4. The environmental impact of the trails in the park are much greater than those of the rope bridges. If you're concerned about the woods then stop walking in them. 5. The economic benefits for Truro - 15 new jobs, increased tourism, utilization of downtown facilities, and lease payments for use of the land far outweigh the close-minded nonsense that the objectors are bringing forward as costs.

  • J
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    UNSPOILED beauty... How does attaching ropes in 20/1000 acres of the park spoil anything. It's not clearcutting or paving.

    Give me a break.. Being different would be supporting this

  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Adam makes some wonderful points, and to be personally attacked because of them just goes to show the lows people will stoop to becaues their personal opinions are being challenged.

    Treego would be a wonderful addition to Victoria Park if only it is executed properly. People seem to be forgetting that it is already partially developed with playground equipment, a pool, ampitheater and picnic pavillions.

    Change is a hard thing to accept for anyone but if Truro doesn't start learning to step out of the shadows and allow growth, eventually nothing will be left and no one to blame.

    No, Treego isn't going to save Truro's economy and prevent young people from leaving but it's a small step in the right direction.

  • Mark
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I've educated myself and decided to move to Truro, but this town is seriously lacking facilities. I came from a town of 4000 people who have a civic centre, multiple tennis courts all over town, deicated basketball courts, etc. However a venture like Treego is ideal for Truro and Victoria Park. We are the hub of Nova Scotia, lets act like it and bring new buisness to our town who will in turn bring even more people to Truro.

  • Anderson
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I want TreeGo in Victoria Park.

    I'm not a young person, I'm not a senior. I'm a homeowner with a family who actually bears Truro's insane tax rate for services not rendered.

    Economically this project will create jobs, generate revenue for the Town (which pays for the maintenance of the park), and create additional business for our downtown businesses.

    Environmentally it will have little impact. Compare it to the bridge systems through Kejimkujik's marshlands and old growth forests and these rope bridges disturb much less.

    Existentially it represents a change that has been happening in Truro for some time. This isn't a small town anymore. It's also not an old town (contrary to popular belief). Truro is becoming a large and increasingly younger place that lacks the facilities to accommodate the new demographics.

    Personally, I'd like to see some more development in Victoria park. Some basketball courts, a paved trail for rollerblading, additional tennis facilities, and lawn bowling for our seniors to enjoy).

  • Young Women
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Dear Flogger,
    It seems like you are trying to sound like a wise old man, when really you are coming across as a very closed-minded old man. I am not saying that Adam is a dreamer but if he is that is AWESOME our world would not have advanced in any way, shape or form if it wasn't for dreamers and believers. I think it is great that Adam is standing behind something he believes in and it's bull that he is getting criticized for it. I personally am on the fence for the Treego thing, I can see both sides but the fact that someone is so passionate about something is amazing. It is hard to find something that you are truly passionate about so I think we should be happy for someone when they find that passion...not grumpy. You don't have to agree with him but you don't have to be so insulting either. He is right, it's no wonder that all the young people want out of here.

  • 19 year old Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Wow. No wonder people my age can't get out of Truro fast enough.

    First of all, just because something has never happened is NOT a good reason for it to NOT happen.

    Secondly even the name of this article is bias, there was no concensus last night, it was an information meeting, if anyone listened to Greg at the start of the meeting they would know this.

    Thirdly what I said at the meeting was I am a member of the fattest and laziest generation of all time, and without more opportunities to be active, we will be flooding our hospitals with our carcasses

    Fourthly if you have a real opinion, please state your name as I have.

    Number 5- If you care to do any math, 25000 people over a 240 days season equates to about 13 people an hour. If you think soil errosion will topple trees because of an extra 104 people a day, I would like to see you're evidence

    number 6- Give victoria park some credit! It's as robust as an Urban park can be, its not this fragile place you paint, it has a spirtual connection to all of us, but I have no illusions that it is merely an assemblance of rocks and dirt.

    Number 7 -You say the park can not be developed, LETS broaden our definition of developed, its ropes in trees, not a smokestack or a parking lot. Lest we forget we GLADLY built a wal-mart on a wetland a few years back just to FURTHER destroy our down town.

    Lastly GIVE MARTIN LAVIOLETTE (if you can remember his name, those of you who claimed to have done reseach and can't do just that) SOME CREDIT. He came to Truro BECAUSE of the park, BECAUSE of the MASSIVE success of his ventures in Cintennial and Mactaquac parks. His company partners with public parks to ENHANCE them.

    New hospital, new seniors home, our sign should read. Truro, Where people come to die.

  • Derek
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I can't believe the implication by some that future of the town hinges on TreeGo.
    Yeah, as someone who grew up in Truro, I complained that there's nothing to do , but as an adult, I appreciate how special a community Truro really is. Bringing my family home and visiting Victoria Park every summer is a must.
    Do people really need to pay money to climb trees so they aren't fat and lazy? Get off your duff and do something for yourself. Victoria Park already has trails to explore and hills to climb. Get out there and enjoy what you have while you can.
    TreeGo would be great somewhere along the Salmon River.

  • Joan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To Gilliad: To sit there and say we are knocking on seniors and then to turn around and stereotype the youth is more than slightly hypocritical. I have heard some of the foulest language coming out of sweet little old ladies mouths... and by the way who do you think the youth learned these words from anyways? We certainly didn't create them. And to assume that just because someone listens to loud music they are zooming around and driving recklessly? I have seen people from all ages involved in car accidents because they weren't paying attention, stereos being up or down or off completely.
    Flogger, you as well seem to be persecuting a generation and people opposed to your opinion. We are all entitled to our own opinions, for instance, my opinion is that your opinion is wrong. People need to stop making personal attacks on each others views and remain focused on the problem . The ones who don't want change for the park say we can leave if we don't like it, well then the same goes for you. Change is coming whether it be this or something else, the park will not always be as it is and the sooner that is realized the easier it is going to be on everyone.

  • Sarah
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I honestly can't figure out why people are protesting this! It is a great fitness activity, it will bring lots of tourists in to Truro who will stay at hotels in Truro, eat at the restaurants and generally bring more business to the community and barely disrupt daily life at the park. There are way more benefits than anything and when we have to travel away from Truro to find fun activities, it takes away the business that could have been brought to the towns business owners. This is an absolutely amazing opportunity that we have as Truronians and I genuinely think that we should take TreeGo up on their offer.

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To YOUNG WOMAN FROM TRURO, I do have a passion; I do not want to see commercial ventures like this in parklands that were donated to our town over 100+ years ago. It's that simple. I am a lot younger than you think, and call me whatever you want, but your assertion that all young people want out of Truro is complete nonsense.

    And to KRIS H, I can assure you that I am not a senior, not even close. But I am someone who plans to stand up and be heard (whether you or others want to whine about it or not) and, the TDN publishes some of my posts, and not others.
    Not sure how old you are, but you sound like a lot of posters on here from the reality TV generation who are not used to anyone standing up to them and using the word 'NO'. Welcome to reality.

  • lynn
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well said Jenna Lively. Have a Treego but buy land like any other new business. Also treego as far as I seen is for all ages. We just did zip linning in costa rica with seniors! I got more work out in 30 minutes at the gym.

  • TreeGoGo
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well said flogger

  • Jen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To Gilliad's post....As a young adult (23) who has grown up in truro, I take great offense to your comments. I can speak for me and many of my friends by saying, I am very polite and respectful to everyone (not just seniors) in this town, and some times that's hard, because for some reason we have gotten a bad rep and get just as much disrespect from older people as we supposedly give.
    Also, I enjoy music as much as the next person, but when I finally saved my money and bought a car (cause working for min wage with a college diploma is hard... Go Truro ) I respect that others may not want to hear my music, just as I probably don't want to hear the music seniors listen to, so I tend to keep my music volume at a reasonable level.
    So, not that I want to be disrecpectful, but it seems like a lot of the older people in town don't want this to happen because they won't be able to use it.

    Since we're getting personal here, as a person who was in the health field, our taxes rise so that we can continue to support the elderly and sick in the community, not the healthy young people.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Lets build TreeGo, and since that will open the doors to private enterprise, I can open my Ear plug stand, just for the people who CAN'T STAND the sound of people having fun.

  • Ashley
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    For all the people saying no to the TREEGO being in the park, what exactly are your reasons? Did you ever think of the other things that go on there? Like Canada Day? or how about when the Olympic relay came to town, where was that? oh yea, the park! And if your worried about litter and pollution there, why doesn't anyone stay after these events to help clean up? There was only the recreation students and a few others there who really care doing the cleaning. I've heard some people complain about not enough people coming to Truro and not enough business. You say put TREEGO somewhere else like the outskirts of town, well that's really going to bring business to Truro. And I think this census thing is crap because there were no surveys that went out to find out what people thought. And it's mostly the older crowd saying no to TREEGO at the park. So it is all biased. For anyone against TREEGO, have you checked out their website? They do more benefit then harm. There is nothing like TREEGO around here and I think there would be ALOT of people that will want this. You say you want people to come to our park and enjoy what it has to offer? How many of you who are saying they don't want TREEGO actually go to the park and take a walk to see the waterfalls and hike the many trails? I for one have walked every single trail there and I think that TREEGO would be absolutly awesome and would be of great benefit to Truro as a whole. It will create more job opportunities, a way of getting on touch with Nature, being physically active, provides a bit of a challenge and adventure, and it's for all ages. So what is so wrong about having TREEGO at Victoria park? It will bring more people to visit the park, it will give youe kids something more fun and interesting to do when they join the Victoria Park Day Camps and there's so many more pros that outweigh the cons.
    That's my say in it all.

  • sdvsvd
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    For all you people worried that this operation would flood and overpopulate the park.. it only works out to 15 or less extra people per day there, i think the park can absorb that.

  • honkaw
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    does this come as a huge surprise to anyone- it is no wonder that all the tourist and residents leave the area for things to do- both summer and winter. There is a zip line in the New Glasgow are and I have enjoyed the ride on a couple of occasions
    with my kids, who live in BC and Alberta , when they are home for a visit. Truro and it's residents have no
    wish to have an attraction or a reason for visitors to come to Truro and stay a while.
    I hope the developers find another location in the area so that community can enjoy the revenue generated from the attraction. It is just to bad Millbrook did not have an area that was right because you know Chief Paul would be all over it. Hold on- may be if the research was done Millbrook owns the land Truro residents call Victoria Park. Food for thought.

  • Wendy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    As I have read, most people are NOT dissagreeing in the growth of Truro but the LOCATION... Victoria Park is not the place for a zip line attraction. Don't mess with nature. Any suggestion on alternative locations? And if some of you young people forgot we are getting a civic centre and water park and if you want to go zip lining there is one located in Pictou open year round.

  • Jillian
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Are People too blind to really see what they're trying to brush off? TreeGo would be an amazing feature to ad to a Beautiful Park that is in my opinion is looked past. Think of how many tourist pass by Truro during the summer and drive right past because they don't even know there is such a park with easy access. Advertising for TreeGo would not only support them, but the park as well.
    Not to mention how many jobs it would create for young athletic people such as myself and the above mentioned Adam Berry.

  • Bruce
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    To Flogger...My son Adam is far from a dreamer, and I was very proud of his brief, passionate presentation last night, and of his pursuit of a cause that he believes in as critical to improving the quality of life for upcoming generations. Simply telling every young person with energy and a backbone to get out of Truro is far more immature than the young men and women who braved the negative vibrations dominant in last nights meeting to express their point of view.
    As a junior member of the Truro Curling Club, my son has earned the respect of a great number of Truro's active senior citizens, so he is far from a reality TV fan. I have coached him and many other fine young Truro youth in both soccer and curling, and would hate to see them denied opportunities to enjoy challenging outdoor physical activity. Suggesting that they seek it elsewhere by people who obviously think that any contact with todays youth will somehow infect their generation needs to spend more time with them. Their dreams now are our dreams from decades ago, simply with fresh faces and fresh ideas.
    Victoria Park was a gift to the future generations of Truro in the 19th Century, and I feel the givers would be dismayed that the gift was never being utilized to its full potential, just as in the Biblical parable of the Talents. Let's not waste the space, nor destroy it, but invest a small portion of it to improve the lives and opportunities of todays youth, downtown merchants, tourists and active residents of all generations, following due diligence and careful consideration for our environment.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    We tried for 10 years to get a skatepark, we ended up putting it behind a dog food plant so it wouldnt bother anyone and keep it out of sight. It's things like this that discourage us when we try to provide opportunities for ourselves.

    The meeing and this article are misrepresentations of the amount of young people backing the Idea with passion, they are doing it in the thousands Via social netowrking sites like facebook.

    Check out bruce berry's comment, I don't beleive that is a shallow argument.

    We are in the process of debunking the whole trampleing argument, and I think that saying I walk in the park so I dont want it is just as selfish. Sorry.

    How would young people know anything about eco-systems? If I had 30 grand for a university degree in ecology I would run over and get it.

    We're not silly of course, glad you are not accusing us of that.

    My friends and I volunteer at a variety of organizations, we do and we will vote for those promising to meet what we feel are the town's needs, one of which is change.

    We are all confident, thanks to the evidence presented, that there will be lots of room to BE, and another great opportunity to DO

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I should also mention i was misquoted by the paper, I was talking about my television generation, not the town of truo as a whole. I have only caught a little flack to this point as most people saw what I meant.

  • Steven
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    As Adam Berry's brother, and Bruce Berry's other son, I can say with confidence that both of them know what they're talking about.

    As a journalist myself, I have an uncanny ability to see through all the semantics and rhetoric posed by people opposing TreeGo.

    Give me one, simple, concise answer (without four or five sentences of political jargon, I'm talkin to you flogger) as to why we SHOULDN'T have a TreeGo park.

    Keeping in mind that it simply would not destroy, damage, or cheapen the park .

    And spare me the them hooligans and their noisy nature thing. Nobody's stereotyping seniors, quit stereotyping teens.

    Thank you.

    PS, if anyone's interested in making a video promoting TreeGo, fire me an email to I make a mean promotional piece.

  • Mitchell
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well said by Adam and Bruce Berry. What an opportunity for the town of Truro. Too bad many people don't see it as that. There is obviously not enough to do in this town, other than people causing a stink about bringing things to the town.. Like I've heard Adam mention before... Let's all go to the bowlacade! - Perhaps after that we could go to the mall.. are there still shops in there?

  • Alan
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    I have been reading over the comments that people have been making, and I agree with a lot of these people. I am sad that I can not be in Truro this year to see the debate that has roared along with this TreeGo Project.

    I am currently at the Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton, and have passed the Mactaquac TreeGo. It looks like fun, and lots of my classmates have even been. It does no damage to the park, and it is one of the more beautiful locations that I have seen in the Maritimes since I have broaden my horizons for nature at my program.

    As a forestry student, I would love to see the TreeGo moved, but as a 20 year old resident of Salmon River, I would still love to see the TreeGo established. Victoria Park is beautiful, I have told all my classmates to go and enjoy the old growth that is so rare to see, since forestry cuts a lot of wooded area while it is still young.

    I have curled with Adam Berry and Bruce Berry has even coached me. As well, I have gained the trust of many seniors at the club. As with Adam, I do not shop at Wal-mart and will try my hardest not to. I have always tried to be an active part of the community and will always continue. Truro is my home, and I hope it always will be. I am passionate about where I live, and I hope all of you are aswell.

    TreeGo does not attach wires through the trees, the blocks that are around the trees will restrict growth, but will not cause any long term damage. As for ecological damage, the soil will not be disturbed, with well maintained trails. The trees that have to be cut down, as long as it is done properly, again, nothing will come to harm.

    I still have mixed feeling about the location, like many others, but It could always bring more to Truro, and as such, I am going to have to say I'm in favor of such a venue.

    I wish the best of luck to the TreeGo, and to those in support and opposition. Good luck in both of your endeavors.

    Adam, I must say Congrats . You have repersented the young population of Truro well, and to those who believe that all young kids are bad, please try not to. I have never liked being judged upon my age, and as Seniors have never liked being judged by their age we must put that to an end. So everyone, listen to another persons opinion and not of their age.

    Thanks for Reading!

  • PurpleSkys
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Not that it isn't a good idea, but not Victoria Park. Yes, it's great to have tourists come and visit our beautiful park, but I'm not sure if commercialization of the park wouldn't be detrimental to its eco-culture. Maybe it would be a better plan to have it in the Valley area or even Brookfield.
    Also brings the question of parking to the table. At times, there isn't enough room at the base of the park and a new parking lot would have to be put in place on Lewis St. Anyway, I'm not a fan of the idea of putting a theme park within Victoria Park.

  • Adam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    A great point B L where were we as a town when that was happening?

    Also lets not forget the wal-mart that we built on a wetland a few years back, I am aware that those were younger and more common trees, but if you are going to defend some, defend them all in my opinion.

    I know more than one buisness in town has suffered so greatly from wal-marts construction that they were forced to shut down, so between that, the expansion of Robie street with shoppers, canadian tire, and bulk barn (dont get me wrong these buisness hire lots of people and I shop at them all the time, minus Wal-Mart) it almost seems like we are encourageing people to leave our downtown.

    This is purely opinion, but

    Victoria Park is our jewel. So will we keep our jewel hidden in a box of rules and regulations? Or shine it up and show it off to Nova Scotia and the world?

    Lets at least think about it.

  • Mark
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Put it in the Wentworth Valley - can you imagine it going from the top of the ski hill across to the area by the hostel?

  • stephen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. - H.L. Mencken

  • Im
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    How can you people be so selfish! The facility would be an asset, and IT WILL NOT BE ON THE GROUND YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO WALK YOUR KIDS AND DOGS UNDERNEATH IT. I read all the comments, I am not repeating anyone, I suggest future commenters do the same!

  • Ashley
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Another thing, if you are worried about things being built in the park, did you ever stop to think about the bridges, jacob's ladder, and railings that were put in? Your all worried about cutting a couple trees down, how many do you think it took to make those bridges and stairways? This TREEGO is only taking up a SMALL portion of the park. If you don't want to see it and want to be with your serenity and peace, walk down a different trail. What about the pool, and the canteen, and the playground equipment. How is all that different? I can understand about how you want to save the park, but this will just be a small portion of the park, it won't make a difference.

  • Jack
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Victoria Park is the perfect place for the TreeGo. There is 1000 acres. Both can exist in harmony. Many people have only used the developed portion of the park, so let's move forward on something a bit different in other areas of the park.

    I think the zipline is a great idea and yes, located in Victoria Park. All age groups and interests can be your minds a bit people.

  • Skeptic
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    TreeGo sounds great...and I know what I'm talking about because I have cable and have used zip-lock bags for years.

    But why not put up by the Women's Prison over that empty ravine off of McLure Mills? Then it could be used for exciting jail break-outs, drawing much need attention to the area.

  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Adam Berry, you're a dreamer. Let's see your demographic studies and marketing 'research' that will prove that a Tree-go will save our 'dying' town. Where will you be in 5 years after you've gotten yourself 'educated'? Would you really have us believe that a tree-go (or any other playground for the reality TV generation) is going to attract and retain young people in this town for the rest of their lives? Someday, when you have made your way in this world, matured, and see the world from a different perspective, you may want to retire to a quiet, safe, comfortable town like Truro. If there's more action for you elsewhere, go find it. And if you think that the majority of Truro's citizens are old foggies laying around waiting to die, it just goes to show how out of touch you are son. Here's my challenge to you: Go to your local bank, borrow a half million dollars or more (assuming you even have an income), put your nads on the line and take the risk, and buy some land outside of Victoria Park and run your operation. I'm sure you'll be a millionaire soon, eh? Tree-go might be a good idea for some, but not in Victoria Park. Sorry.

  • Gilliad
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Well, here we go again, knocking the seniors and accusing them of ruining everyone else's life.
    As a member of that group, may I remind you of a few things:
    1) If it wasn't for we seniors, you juniors wouldn't even be around (not a bad idea in some cases)
    2) We worked darn hard, and many of us gave our lives - including my father - to ensure that you continue to live in a free country where you have the right AND THE PRIVILEGE (caps intended) to disagree without being thrown into jail, or worse
    3) As just one example, we seniors continue to face continuous tax increases at all levels of government so you juniors can enjoy free health care in some of the finest medical facilities in the world
    4) We have to step aside when you juniors want to say something because, after all, we don't know anything so just shut up and do what we know is right
    5) We seniors have to put up with your foul language, bad manners and loud mouths because, hey, you're the future (God help us all!)
    5) We have to put up with the din of what you euphemistically call music as your cars roar up and down our town streets, forcing not only seniors but anyone foolish enough to be on foot to run for their lives
    If you don't like living in Truro, then leave! It's not a perfect town - in fact, far from it - but it belongs to all of us, not just you. If you don't like it here - leave!
    And don't let the door hit you in the butt as you go.