Zip through Victoria

3 Dec

Today in Victoria News there is an article about Wild Play Elements Park speaking to the Downtown Resident’s Association about the idea of having a 150-m zip line starting above the Inner Harbour’s Information Centre and stop at the end of Ship Point. It is just an idea at this point and no formal proposal has been received yet. Who is the target market? Tourist or locals? Will having a zip line across the harbour deface our picturesque attraction or create another reason to come downtown??

Personally I think that the Inner Harbour is beautiful and should stay as it is. I think the zip line belongs out of the downtown area…but what do you think of this possible idea?

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10 Responses to “Zip through Victoria”

  1. variedthinking December 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    If they do get the go ahead in the coming months to install this then we have to seriously look at stringing up the people that gave them that permission, on the zip line permanently.

    Keep the ziplines where the !@#$%^ are now, out of site and out of mind.

  2. designingrenee December 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Not that I’ve been here long enough to have a “real” say, but I think the zipline would be ridiculous downtown. It would make the Inner Harbour a very tacky place. Aren’t there a million other perfectly appropriate places for such a thing?

    That picture made me laugh out loud. And what variedthinking says about stringing them up? Kept me laughing! Great imagery.

    No to the zipline! Unlike!

  3. Batts December 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    I don’t agree with putting on downtown. I think it will be costly for them and in the end I don’t think it will really be used.

    They say it’ll be like at the Olympics where people didn’t think it was a good idea but turned out being a hit.

    They don’t seem to take into account that the zip line was only put in place for the duration of the Olympics.

    It was a novelty and I doubt if it was still there, people would be using it OR lining up for 8 hours like they did during the Olympics.

    Waste of money, space and time!

  4. kylabee December 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Sounds like we are all on the same page with this. Keeping it out of town is the best place for it.

    variedthinking-Nice play on words with ‘stringing’ them up…haha

    designingrenee- glad to hear you had a good laugh…perfect way to end a Friday afternoon 🙂

    Batts-Good call on it being of interest for a short time and not a long time. Locals may think it’s great the first time they go but will they go back? If you have been to Wild Play have you gone a few times? I have not been so I am not sure if it is something worth repeating…yet.

  5. Doug Ransom December 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm #

    I think it will be unattractive, and a detriment to tourism overall. I think it would fit in near Oldtown, the Johnson Street bridge, or the watefront along Pleasant street.

  6. Eleanor December 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I think it’s a great idea! I missed out on the Vancouver zipline. Going downtown in a city is already like going to an amusement park with all it’s fabulous distractions and a zip line would ad to that. There’s no way there will be an 8 hour line up everyday, but that means locals will be more willing to come in from the burbs for an exciting adventure. Shopping mom’s with kids, young adults looking for a good time before a party, middle agers who want to feel alive, tourists looking for a unique view of the city. Aesthetically, you probably all have a point, but flying people make me smile more than buildings so I’m all for it.

  7. kylabee December 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Eleanor, I agree with the flying people making others smile. That is a very good point.

  8. dougbrowncreative December 6, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    You can understand how desperate the tourism businesses are these days, so I would imagine anything is possible to pull in the crowds. Personally I would have it going over the Gorge, just past the NEW Johnson Street Bridge.
    But I would also be in favour of stocking the Gorge with Piranha to make it interesting.

  9. kylabee December 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    Bringing some life to the Gorge area would be good and Piranha would spice things up for sure.

  10. Qué Banh December 7, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Count me as another who’d prefer to see it run across the Gorge instead of Inner Harbour

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