Video: Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course May Come To Creve Coeur Park

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You can fly! If this proposal passes St. Louis County Council... (Video below)
In a break from the reliably wonky policy and finance debates of local government, the St. Louis County Council this week is discussing something that sounds potentially really friggin' cool: A treetop adventure course in Creve Coure Park.

And no, it's not just a rinky-dink zip line, y'all.

"It's be physically challenging, fun and exhilarating," Tom Ott, director of the county's Parks and Recreation Department, tells Daily RFT. "People will get the chance to test their self-confidence."

But are their detractors? (Spoiler alert: Yes).

The company that county officials are hoping to partner with is called Go Ape. Here's a short video explaining the adventure course they offer.

The proposal was introduced at the County Council on Tuesday, and Ott tells us he is very hopeful they can finalize details and open up this spring.

"You are not just gonna go down zip lines on tree tops," he says of the project. "You're climbing on ladders, cargo nets, swinging bridges, tarzan bridges...35 obstacles in this course."

He says, "Go Ape is expanding this winter...and we want St. Louis to be one of those sites."

The company has set up courses in several places throughout the country, including in Indianapolis, Indiana and Rockville, Maryland.

"We feel Creve Coeur is a great location," he says. "You've got the topography there. It's centrally located -- great access to the highway."

It's safe and not a free-for-all, he says.

The adventure course would take fourteen people every half hour on the weekend and fourteen people every hour on the weekdays -- so there will be no traffic impacts, he says, noting that some concerns about increased congestion in the area have arisen.

The experience, which spans several hours, involves a training session and participants work with certified instructors. It would cost $55 for an adult and $35 for a child.

Go Ape would also be hiring twelve employees full and part-time who would design and construct the course.

What's not to like?

Continue for more details on the proposal and for more photos.

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GoApe was withdrawn from consideration for Greensfelder after public forums raised too many objections.  This time it was just put on the STL county council agenda for Creve Coeur park instead, with no public notice at all.  Multiple objections: environmental impact in a tree canopy where MDC-listed 'imperiled bird species' have been reported, and no impact study has been done; traffic/noise; not consistent with the existing Creve Coeur Park Master Plan; a for-profit business making it's money in a public park.  

I enjoy this type of 'adventure' myself, but we at least need a chance for the public to have input into how our parks are being used.  

Let's lobby for public forums:  

Council member Burkett's email:; 

Phone: (314) 615-5451 (Executive Assistant: Loraine Miller)

Kerry Ann Colombo
Kerry Ann Colombo

If the contract were iron clad, so that the park maintained all the rights in case it didnt work out, I am all for it! The parks could use the revenue and im sure the profit from the boat races went into someone's pockets over the years? Sounds like a great idea!

Matt Grummer
Matt Grummer

I am very much opposed to private company being able to use a St Louis County park to operate a for profit business.

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