Parks and recreation co-ordinator Martin Bates stands in the possible location for a TreeGo aerial ropes course at Trenton Park. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
While TreeGo has been a no-go for this summer in Trenton Park, the company believes a fall to late winter season of aerial adventures is still possible.
“We’re waiting for details from franchise to see if they have the manpower for Trenton Park available,” said Martin Laviolette, spokesperson for TreeGo. “We missed the spring and summer timelines so it’s been a struggle.”
There are two crews responsible for the specialized work needed to alter the park for a Treego course. They’ve been travelling across Canada and France working at various sites and delays in those projects have meant delays for Trenton Park.
Laviolette hopes to find out within a week or so if a crew will be available this fall.
“If it goes, we should have a couple of weeks of operation, even if it’s just weekends,” he said. “We should be able to run it more frequently however because there’s not as much snow in Trenton as there is at our Moncton TreeGo location.”
Staff from TreeGo has been working with Trenton Park staff to ensure that the town and other stakeholders are kept posted.
“There’s not much we can do from here on the ground,” said Martin Bates, the parks recreation co-ordinator. “The town is still waiting patiently.”
Laviolette noted that communication with park staff has been excellent throughout the planning stages of the TreeGo project.
“They are very receptive there and just waiting for us to come in,” he said. “I’ve had no issues with the area of Trenton and New Glasgow and I find the people are overly friendly very anxious to get (Treego) there.”
Part of that communication has involved TreeGo submitting their plans to the park for consideration. Park officials turned down the first proposal, but after making some modifications, a new proposal was approved.
“The work that got done was design work for the course itself,” said Bates. “We looked at it, were in agreement and wanted it done with less impact. That necessitated a different layout with less tress being trimmed.”
Altogether, Bates said that some tree limbs and four trees were taken down for the project. Ropes and harnesses are still in place high above the forest floor, waiting for workers to return and finish the job.
“It will not affect anyone and will have zero impact on the walking trails and environment of the park,” said Laviolette. “Unless you have a problem with children playing and people laughing, it will enhance the park.”
At the latest, Laviolette said TreeGo in Trenton would be up and running by spring 2015. Once it’s operational, about eight local staff would be hired, though an experienced staffer from TreeGo’s Moncton location may be on site for the first few months.
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