Love it or hate it, a treetop adventure course is on its way to Creve Coeur Park in Maryland Heights.
The St. Louis County Council approved the controversial zip-line-based course Tuesday night.
Many St. Louis-area residents were unhappy about the project and more than a dozen made a last-ditch attempt to stop the project by organizing opposition during Tuesday's council meeting.
Most of the opponents, Fox 2 News reports, were Audubon Society members, who had concerns were about wildlife, especially birds that will be sharing the tree tops with zip liners.
Just one spoke in favor of the park.
Council Chairwoman Kathleen Burkett, D-Overland, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the meeting the lone favorable voice was the rule rather than the exception.
“I’ve heard from quite a few supporters through email and phone calls,” Burkett told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “They are just not as publicly vocal about (the issue) as the opponents.”
Jason Patrylo, a Maryland Heights Patch Facebook fan, said, "Traffic will suck, but good for the businesses around there."
"I think it will be fun. I think it will bring revenue for the parks that are in need of some updates/maintence, also it will connect kids to the parks," added Martina Sandheinrich. "Most zip lines aren't that intrusive so I think it will be a good addition. Just as long as they keep it tasteful."
Some even went as far as saying the zip-lined park would help Creve Coeur Park.
"As odd as it sounds, the best thing you can do for habitat enrishment is to expose more people to it," said Justin Banner. "The more that people are exposed to natural habitats, the more they will care about protecting them. This will take people who might otherwise be uninterested in looking at nature face to face with it."
What do you think about the treetop course? Love it or hate it?