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.