City kills Wissahickon treetop course

Photo courtesy of the department of parks and rec
Photo courtesy of the department of parks and rec

There will be no treetop adventure coming to Wissahickon Valley Park, officials said.

The city terminated the project after community resistance became too big an obstacle to overcome.

Bob Allen, director of property and concessions management for the city’s parks and recreation department, said the city didn’t want to ruin any partnerships with community organizations.

“There was actually a small but vocal group that I think misrepresented the project to the community and got the community to sign petitions against it, and we’re not about getting into adversarial relationships with folks from the community and park users, so we withdrew the project,” Allen said.

In late March, city officials discussed the proposal to build an outdoor adventure course, which included 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.

He “doubts very much” the project could be resurrected.

Friends of the Wissahickon were not immediately available for comment.


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