1,700ft zip line planned for Dockyard

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    A man rides a zip line of the type planned for Dockyard.

A zip line running the length of Dockyard could be introduced next year as an attraction for both visitors and residents.

Fantasea owner Michael Heslop and Canadian company Greenheart have applied to install a zip line at the west end site, which would give customers a unique view of the historic area.

According to the planning application, the zip line would be around 1,700ft (518m) in length, running above Dockyard’s northwestern wall.

Riders would enter through the National Museum of Bermuda and walk or ride along the wall to a 68ft (20m) tower, to be erected at an old gun placement near the former Casemates prison.

Customers would be fitted with harnesses and, once at the top of the tower, would zip line down one of three wires to a landing deck, installed near a gun placement in a field near the Maritime Museum.

The application specifies that all structures installed in the project, including the tower, landing structure and stairs, can be removed without any impact to the area.

Mr Heslop said this week that the project is not related to Fantasea, but is instead a joint effort between himself and Greenheart, who have built zip line attractions in areas such as Las Vegas and Haiti.

“I’m in the industry of tourism already and I thought that it would be an exciting addition for Dockyard,” Mr Heslop said.

Should the plan be approved, he said he hopes to have the operation up and running in March or April next year.

The application includes letters of support from both Wedco and the Museum.

In one of the letters, Dr Edward Harris of the National Museum of Bermuda wrote: “It is our view that the zip line would be a considerable tourist attraction, especially for families on cruise ships at Dockyard.

“The revenues for the museum would be of no small assistance in the continuing restoration and maintenance work that the museum undertakes on the historic fortifications of Dockyard and major historical buildings contained withing, such as the Commissioner’s House and the Casemates barracks.”

According to a manual included in the planning application, the zip lines and other structures will require daily, weekly and monthly checks, and should not be used if there is the threat of lightening or sustained winds greater than 30mph.

The full planning application is currently available for viewing at the Department of Planning headquarters in the Dame Lois Browne-Evans Building.

Useful website: www.greenheart.ca.

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Published Jul 6, 2012 at 7:00 am (Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 7:08 am)

1,700ft zip line planned for Dockyard

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