Zip lines may be coming to county parks

  • Friday, April 25, 2014

Talk of installing a zip line and ropes course at Dorchester County parks has been taken up again.

In early April a zip line adventure company, Tree to Tree Adventure Park, contacted the county Economic Development Department about expanding to Dorchester County.

Alison Simmons, community development manager within the department, received the inquiry from Tree to Tree.

“They contacted us with an interest in exploring opportunities here, but they haven’t committed to anything,” she said. “It’s the first step any company would take when looking for places to locate.”

The Parks and Recreation Commission discussed the possibility of working with the company at its April 22 meeting.

According to commission Vice Chairman Mike Montei, the request from Tree to Tree is not the first the county has heard. Another adventure company, Go Ape, contacted the county several years ago with an interest in installing a park in the area, but the idea fell through.

“Last time we discussed this it felt like a good idea but was subject to where we want to go,” Montei said.

Tree to Tree would require 4.5 – 10 acres of land, including parking, according to Simmons. The company would be “interested in purchasing and leasing sites and partnerships,” she said.

Of the two potential parks Tree to Tree could use – Ashley River Park and Pine Trace – neither are close to development yet. For that reason, Montei said, “we’re no closer to making a decision. Zip lines could still be a possibility but we may need to wait.”

Despite the unknown timeline, commission members had a general consensus of support in the idea.

They agreed moving forward with this or any other future partnerships would be a key responsibility of the new Parks and Recreation Director position the county is hiring soon.

Commission chairman, Councilman Jay Byars, was absent from the commission meeting. The Journal Scene was unable to reach him for comment.

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