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Tree ropes course zoning hearing set for Feb. 28

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A Monroe County-based company wants to enable locals and tourists alike to walk through the trees in East Rockhill, but it’s going to need to clear a hurdle with the township’s zoning hearing board first.

Tree Course Adventures LLC of Shawnee wants to establish a tree ropes course on about 10 acres of what is described as a mainly wooded 46-acre property at 2503 Old Bethlehem Pike.

Still, the property is located in East Rockhill’s Resource Protection Zoning District, which does not permit such a use.

On Feb. 28, Tree Course Adventures is scheduled to come before the East Rockhill Zoning Hearing Board to make a case for why it should be granted a zoning variance that would help clear the way for the ropes adventure course to operate.

In a letter to township officials, Tree Course Adventures’ attorney wrote that the contemplated course is a low-impact, ideal fit for the intention of the resource protection zoning. While there will be “specifically targeted tree removal,” Tree Course Adventures intends to largely maintain the natural features of the property.

“The woodland contains mature trees that are well-suited for the purpose of the proposed (tree ropes course) and will be maintained and preserved through this use,” wrote Doylestown-based attorney Kellie A. McGowan.

Tree Course Adventures is the equitable owner of the property on Old Bethlehem Pike. If ultimately built, the destination would allow securely tethered customers to venture through the trees on a course that could be connected by ropes, platforms and bridges.

The variance hearing is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. at the township municipal building, 1622 Ridge Road, Perkasie.

Interested residents can review the application and accompanying documents at the township building, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to its website (treecourseadventures.com), Tree Course Adventures specializes in aerial ropes adventure course site development, course construction, operating and managing aerial ropes adventure parks, zip lines, ropes park consultation, and more.

The company says it has experience owning and operating Pocono TreeVentures, Pocono Zip Racer, Pocono Zip Quest, Pocono Kid Ventures, and Gorilla Grove Aerial Adventure Park at Kalahari Resorts.

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