By Anne Allred
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KSDK) - The St. Louis County Council approved a zip line course in Creve Coeur Park Tuesday night.
Construction on the Go Ape treetop adventure course will begin right away, with the hope of opening the course to the public by May. It will have five zip lines and 35 obstacles, such as climbable cargo nets and swinging bridges.
The zip line course will be built in upper Creve Coeur Park off Marine Drive. The county estimates revenue the first year will be between $45,000 and $60,000. The money will go right back into the St. Louis County Parks system.
"Last year, when we were looking at the prospect of trying to maybe close some parks it was brought forth by the public that maybe we should look at some private, public enterprise to raise funds for the park," said Kathleen Burkett, 2nd District City Council member.
The county also believes the project will bring sports enthusiasts from up to two to three hours away.
"They'll come, they'll spend money, they'll stay overnight. They might go to other activities. I just think it's a great thing," said Burkett.
However, bird watchers are opposed to the plan. The St. Louis Audubon Society showed up at the council meeting Tuesday night to protest the plan.
"People on zip lines will be racing through the canopy area where those birds nest and they'll be doing it at a period of time when the birds are nesting," said St. Louis Audubon Society board member Stacy Davids.
Burkett, who introduced the proposal, says the zip line will not harm wildlife.