In late March, visitors to Brook Run Park will be able to enjoy the addition of the Treetop Quest tree canopy obstacle course and zip-line adventure.
Seeking to address an identified need for recreational opportunities for middle- and high-school aged children as outlined in the Parks Master Plan, the city contracted with the Atlanta-based company specializing in obstacle courses within established tree canopies.
The new course activates parkland previously unused and its carefully constructed platform placement and obstacles are placed in a manner which does not harm the trees. A wooden wedge tension system is used to attach all cables and a threaded rod tension system is employed for the construction of the platforms. This method ensures no hardware or attachments are driven directly into the trees.
The newly-installed obstacle course is situated in a five-acre area to the west of the vacant dormitory building, which is being demolished for health and safety reasons. Through the public-private partnership agreement, Treetop Quest operates the course at no cost to the city and shares generated revenue (from admission fees to participants) with the city.
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