‘Adventure course’ in Wissahickon Valley Park under review

Photo courtesy of the department of parks and rec
Credit: Department of Parks and Recreation

The City of Philadelphia is putting its treetop adventure on hold.

The city announced it will delay building the Treetop Adventure Course in Wissahickon Valley Park. The city’s park and recreation department, in a statement last week, said the city will take time to re-evaluate the project.

“The volume of misinformation currently in circulation, along with the department’s responsibility to safeguard valued community partners from misguided criticism, necessitates the additional review and analysis of this opportunity,” according to the statement.

In late March city officials discussed the proposal to build an outdoor adventure course, which includes a zip line, on five acres in the Roxborough park.

Neighbors and community groups voiced concerns at a public meeting, pointing to environmental, traffic and vandalism concerns.

On its Facebook page recently, Friends of the Wissahickon said it decided not to support the proposed adventure course. The group initially supported the project as long as several conditions were met.

“Although PPR was responsive to most of these conditions, several of them remained unmet or only partially met,” the statement read.


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