Trenton considering TreeGo course for park

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If all goes according to plan, Trenton Park could soon be home to a TreeGo aerial adventure course.

TreeGo already operates in Moncton and Fredericton. Plans are to open a similar course in Trenton as soon as next year. Photo Source: “http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/Products/T/TreeGOMoncton.aspx”

“If we get everything ready to roll as far as agreements and other concerns, we’re hoping we can get it going for next year,” Mayor Glen MacKinnon said. 

A public information meeting regarding the partnership between Trenton and WorldCan Inc. to develop a TreeGo course at the park Park will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Trenton Rink Annex at 6 p.m. 

The information meeting will include an overview of the TreeGo operation by owner/operator Martin Laviolette. TreeGo has been operating in Centennial Park in Moncton for five years and in Mactaquac Park in Fredericton for the past two years. 

“The concept of an outdoor aerial activity was identified within the Trenton Park Master Plan unveiled in 2012 by Ekistics Planning and Design,” said Martin Bates, Trenton parks and recreation co-ordinator. “It is expected that this operation will draw users from as far away as Cape Breton and Halifax in addition to creating a much needed local outdoor recreation opportunity for Pictou County.” 

TreeGo parks usually have four or five treetop courses for adult/junior and one or two children courses with 70 to 100 games as ladders, nets, swings, barrels, footbridges, surf, Tarzan’s jump, zip lines made of wood, rope and wire.

MacKinnon said the course would use between five and seven acres of the park, but will have minimal impact on the current trails and other aspects of the park.

“It limits as much as they possibly can any changes to the park,” he said. “It’s made to be an enhancement to the park not a detraction.”

MacKinnon sees it as nothing but a positive for the town.

“It’s a great outdoor adventure for everybody for all ages,” he said. “We see people coming into our town and the opportunity for more businesses and more economic development within our town due to more traffic through our town.”

At the public meeting people will have an opportunity to offer input and ask questions about TreeGo.

“It’s a very well run operation according to all the information we’ve received,” MacKinnon said.

Laviolette had been considering two locations for the new venture in Nova Scotia before deciding on Trenton.

“He liked our park because it’s a smaller community,” MacKinnon said. “It seems like it’s going to work out. It’s a good day for Pictou County.”

Organizations: Trenton and WorldCan, Trenton Park Master Plan

Geographic location: Trenton, Centennial Park, Pictou County Moncton Fredericton Cape Breton Halifax Nova Scotia

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  • Al Farthing
    September 18, 2013 - 19:38

    I think this would be excellent for young people from all parts of the County and far beyond. It promotes fitness , focus of attention, skillful movement, safety, and is good clean fun. The benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle are life lasting, and well worth the investment and support of the Community.

  • Al Farthing
    September 18, 2013 - 19:38

    I think this would be excellent for young people from all parts of the County and far beyond. It promotes fitness , focus of attention, skillful movement, safety, and is good clean fun. The benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle are life lasting, and well worth the investment and support of the Community.

  • Not Surprised
    September 18, 2013 - 15:13

    Why do I continue to be surprised by the negative reactions of Trenton residents whenever there is a positive story or event at the park! This would be an awesome asset to the park, in keeping with the natural state, with little environmental impact & draw visitors to the park. The negative posters just want something to complain about but no doubt are also the ones who never offer to volunteer & contribute for Park events. I for one applaud the forward thinking and hope this progress goes ahead & look forward to it's success!

  • joe c
    September 18, 2013 - 15:00

    they should concentrate on the campground and run down buildings, over grown mini golf, or how about the dilapidated playground. fix what is there before you add more things to fall apart.

  • Stephanie Anderson-Grant
    September 18, 2013 - 14:54

    I am excited about this!! I will be attending this meeting and encourage others to do so as well. I live in Trenton and am very proud of our Beautiful Park and the people who work very hard to keep it beautiful. Hundreds of people use the park everyday, although the pool is only open in the summer months the parks trails are open year round for people to enjoy, the park also hosts many events throughout the year for families to enjoy! This is just one more thing to help enhance the Park and bring more people into our community to enjoy it! And for anyone with negative comments, please take the time to educate yourself on the present and future plans for the Park , attend the meeting, you may be pleasantly surprised :)

  • Trenton S. Kank
    September 18, 2013 - 14:38

    Why is everyone in Trenton so negative? This would be good for the local economy.

  • Michelle Smith
    September 18, 2013 - 13:51

    This is a great idea to bring business to the area. I went to Moncton to go to their TREEGO and it was awesome. I also enjoyed their beautiful park before and after the TREEGO experience. I presently live in Truro and wished they would have done it here. The NSCC has a recreational leadership course so we could employ some of our students close to home. It could bring life back to the Trenton Park and to other sights of Pictou County.

  • Jennifer Boyce
    September 18, 2013 - 13:11

    At first I was very excited to hear this until I realized that it was TreeGo. As a Girl Guide leader, our units are not permitted to use TreeGo because they refuse to provide us their proof of insurance (as required for us to visit Third Party Service Providers). I would not recommend anyone using a service that refuses to provide proof of insurance when asked. Too bad, they couldn't get the owners of On Tree Park to partner with them, they are extremely accommodating to work with.

  • B. Horton
    September 18, 2013 - 12:52

    Sounds good. First, sink money into the place to get the campground running again.

  • trenton rat
    September 18, 2013 - 12:15

    This is a joke ..town can't afford to maintain the park let alone maintain something like this ...but wait maybe it will actually give our overly paid park manager something to actually do !

  • Heather
    September 18, 2013 - 11:47

    My kids have been to one of these parks in B.C. and PEI and they loved them. It is also great exercise. My daughters ball team wished we had one in our area because it was great for building muscle and balance. In this day when we want our kids to be more active this is a great activity plus it draws tourist dollars into the area.

  • Trenton Girl
    September 18, 2013 - 09:42

    Does this mean that the park will be open or will it be another project kept behind locked gates? It's wonderful to look to the future but why not take care of the losing or lost businesses now? We saw and talked to so many tourists and campers who tried to stay at the park this summer but had to leave for other places that were open.

  • Trenton guy
    September 18, 2013 - 08:27

    No way. This is a terrible idea. They should buy some land to run this on and not mess up our park. Truro told them no a few years ago.