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Survey for Canopy Climbers at Northeast Park

12/11/2014

Explore the Wonders of the Treetops at Northeast Park
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department has partnered with Canopy Climbers, LLC for the last several years offering tree climbing adventure activities in several City nature parks. Canopy Climbers is a local adventure-based company specializing in tree climbing for fun and adventure. Canopy Climbers has received very favorable reviews from user groups. On TripAdvisor Canopy Climbers is ranked the #1 activity in Gainesville. This activity has been carried out safely with no adverse impacts to the trees utilized for climbing, or the host parks.
The City would like to include Northeast Park as a tree climbing location. There will only be one tree in the park used for this activity. Please see the red marker on the map below for the location of the proposed climbing tree. As you can see the climbing tree is located between the ball field diamonds and the tennis courts at Northeast Park.

 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

  • Is this activity open to the public? Yes, anyone can climb trees. Tree-climbing adventures are open to the public but must be scheduled in advance and can be booked on-line at http://www.canopyclimbers.com/
  • Does this activity cause harm to the tree? No, there is no harm to the tree. The City arborist inspects every tree that is used for this purpose. A protective sheath called a “Cambium Saver” is used to protect the tree while climbing. The Cambium Saver completely surrounds the rope at the anchor point, preventing the rope from making direct contact to the surface of the tree.
  • How often will this activity occur? The climbing activity will only take place during park hours, weekdays and weekends, likely once a week or less.
  • How many people will be climbing the tree at any given time? Depending on the size and structure of a given approved climbing tree, there could be as many as 10 people climbing at once. However, the tree located in Northeast Park will likely be used for smaller groups, between 2-6 climbers, and Basic Tree Climbing Courses (BTCCs) which are composed of between 2-3 students.
  • Are spectators allowed to watch? Yes, but the area around the climbing tree will be clearly delineated with optical yellow cones so other park-goers are well aware of the activity, even at a distance.

Survey is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.



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