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Government looking at zip-line proposal for Southlands

Zip it: a zip line could be set up in Southlands national park (File photograph)

A zip line could be set up at Southlands as part of a series of proposals for the national park being examined by the Government.

The Ministry of Public Works had issued an expression of interest for the use of existing buildings on the land and although many of the ideas were ditched, setting up a zip line remains an option.

A spokesman for public works said: “After the submissions were reviewed, it was found that most could not be advanced.

“Some were withdrawn, and others did not align with the vision for a national park and presented potential challenges.

“However, the ministry is pleased to share that several proposals are under further exploration that could enhance the park’s utility and enjoyment.

“These include the introduction of a zip-line experience, the utilisation of buildings by parks and other government departments, the provision of washrooms, the creation of a café and picnic area, and the development of woodland walking trails, among other initiatives.”

The spokesman added: “Another request for proposals/expression of interest will also be prepared to develop a café and allocate unassigned buildings within the park.

“These opportunities and ongoing clean-up efforts and improvements are anticipated to attract public interest.

“The ministry’s vision is that Southlands Park becomes a vibrant and inclusive space for the community to enjoy.”

The Government also wants to convert the southeastern corner of Southlands, in Warwick, into an events lawn which, it said, was deemed “integral” for the nearby Bermudiana Beach Resort.

The Department of Parks launched a two-week consultation process for the proposal, which was previously denied planning permission by the Development Applications Board.

The consultation was due to end on May 9 but was extended to May 17.

The Government obtained the 37-acre Southlands estate in 2012 as part of a land swap involving 80 acres of brownfield land at Morgan’s Point.

The move was celebrated by environmentalists, who had campaigned to protect the site from a hotel development.

The property was formally declared a national park in 2017 but, while several clean-ups have take place, concerns have been raised about the site falling into disrepair.

Invasive species such as Mexican pepper, Indian laurel and morning glory were in abundance at the site, with some of the plants growing into the dilapidated buildings.

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Published May 14, 2024 at 7:43 am (Updated May 14, 2024 at 7:14 am)

Government looking at zip-line proposal for Southlands

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