Trenton considering TreeGo course for park

Published on September 17, 2013

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

“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.”