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Plan for zip line in Philly park worries neighbors

Thursday, March 28, 2013
This Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 photo courtesy of Smugglers Notch Resort shows a Smugglers Notch employee taking a ride on the the zip line canopy tour at Smugglers Notch Resort in Smugglers Notch, Vt.

This Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 photo courtesy of Smugglers' Notch Resort shows a Smugglers' Notch employee taking a ride on the the zip line canopy tour at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Smugglers' Notch, Vt. (AP Photo / AP Photo/Smugglers' Notch Resort)

Philadelphia's recreation department is considering running a treetop zip line course through a park in the city's Roxborough neighborhood.

The proposal would cover about five acres in the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park and include zip lines and wooden platforms that run through the trees. Department of Parks and Recreation officials say they've researched similar courses in other cities to develop a plan for one in Philadelphia.

But neighbors who turned out at a public meeting about the idea Wednesday are expressing concern. Some said they worried about the impact on the environment and land preservation. Others expressed concerns about parking and vandalism.

The city says it will meet with other area organizations to get more feedback. The idea would need approval from City Council.

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