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    Niagara Falls latest natural wonder to add zip line

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    From CBS News:

    Niagara Falls is the latest natural wonder to add a zip line, offering honeymooners and everyone else the chance to take an adrenaline-pumping plunge toward churning mist at speeds topping 40 mph.

    The elevated cable rides have evolved from a novel way to explore jungle canopies to almost necessary additions to lure tourists in the 21st century to established destinations. It’s a trend that’s exposed a rift between those who approach nature like contemplative monks and others who require an extreme, Indiana Jones-style experience.

    “We can’t make these into museums. We have to keep the general public – the folks that these places have been set aside for – we have to keep them motivated to get out there,” argued Tom Benson, co-founder and chief experience officer at WildPlay Element Parks, which built the Niagara Falls zip line.

    Attraction construction zipping along

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction is expected to start next month on Niagara Parks’ new zip line and aerial adventure course attractions.

    “There’s a lot of behind the scenes work going on now, including the final designs, and construction will be starting in February, weather permitting,” said David Adames, senior director of business development at Niagara Parks.

    The project is expected to take four months to complete. Niagara Parks hopes to offer a ‘soft launch’ in late spring, followed by an official grand opening over the Canada Day holiday weekend.

    Zip line project enters next phase

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    Thrill seekers will soon be able to get strapped onto one of four high-speed zip lines and descend 670 metres into the Niagara Gorge.

    The Niagara Parks Commission announced this week it has received provincial approval to enter into an agreement with Niagara Adventure Excursions Inc., to bring a zip line and aerial adventure course to Niagara Falls.

    The zip line attraction will be at the Grand View Marketplace, located along the Niagara Prkwy. near the base of Clifton Hill.

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    Plans for Niagara, Ont. zip line moving ahead

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Plans to develop a zip line program within parks in southern Ontario’s Niagara region are moving ahead, the Niagara Parks Commission announced Friday.

    Agency staff have been given the go-ahead to undertake the next phase of the procurement process, including the development of business plans and site plans, the commission said in a news release.

    NPC unveils plans for Niagara zip line attraction

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    From the St Catharines Standard:

    Four zip line attractions could be up and running next year in Niagara Falls if a proposal by the Niagara Parks Commission gets the green light.

    The agency held a public information session Thursday at the School of Horticulture to unveil plans for what it hopes will be the newest Niagara Falls attraction.

    The proposed zip line sites include a line that runs parallel to the Whirlpool Aero Car above the whirlpool and a second one that would run from the Maid of the Mist boat plaza to the power station near the base of the Falls.

    A third line will operate from Rapidsview parking lot and a fourth will be at Thompson Point.

    NPC postpones zip line talks

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A public meeting concerning the establishment of a zip line attraction by the Niagara Parks Commission never got off the ground Thursday.

    The session, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, was cancelled abruptly after NPC staff had recommended taking more time to determine whether to even go ahead with the venture.

    The commission first met behind closed doors to discuss the proposal, but when it came time for the public portion of the meeting, people who had shown up, including the media, were told the public meeting had been cancelled.

    “We had a recommendation from staff that we postpone (the meeting) to a future date,” chair Janice Thomson said. She said couldn’t say anything more because the commission was engaged in a procurement process.

    Niagara Parks zip line one step closer

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    From Niagara This Week:

    A proposed zip line attraction within the Niagara Parks system has take a step forward.

    The Niagara Parks Commission has issued a Request for Qualifications to identify interested proponents to develop what it describes as “an environmentally friendly zip line attraction” to be located at a location that has yet to have been finalized.

    “Zip lines are being successfully operated throughout Canada and can be found in parks, historic and environmentally sensitive areas around the world,” stated NPC Chair Janice Thomson. “Our hope is to create a new zip line attraction that will not only inform and educate our guests, but also provide a breathtaking experience for our guests when in Niagara Parks.”

    Zip-line decision expected by year’s end

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The public should know by the end of the year whether a zip-line attraction above Niagara Parks Commission property will be a go.

    Staff is preparing a report on the idea, which commissioners will likely deal with at their December meeting, said NPC chairwoman Janice Thomson.

    She said the report will include input from professionals and the public, staff comments on how to possibly mitigate concerns and any potential amendments to the concept. It will outline pros and cons between the parks commission potentially operating the attraction versus the private sector.

    Thomson acknowledges any proposal dealing with nature areas can strike a nerve with people. That’s why she’s pleased with the “tremendous level of support” the possibility of two new zip-line attractions at Dufferin Islands and Thompson Point, which is directly across from Whirlpool Golf Course, has received.

    Niagara Parks Commission tests public appetite for zip line attractions

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    From Bullet News Niagara:

    As a steady crowd of the curious strolled past the large information placards, standing off to the side, watching and chatting, were the curious and the informed – the business stakeholders who have more than a passing interest in where the Niagara Parks Commission goes with its plans to possibly add zip line to its roster of attractions.

    “It would be a great place,” said Michael Smith, president of Arbortrek Canopy Adventures in Detroit, which runs a zip line at a ski resort in Vermont. “We’ll have to see what they decide.”

    Plans for Zip lines at Niagara Falls

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    From WIVB channel 4 in Buffalo:

    Plans are underway for a new zip line attraction in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but first the idea has to pass muster with the community.

    The Niagara Falls Review reports that residents will have a chance to voice their opinions on the plan in two public meetings to be held next week.

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