At some point the Great Trinity Forest, that relatively untrammeled expanse of foliage in southern Dallas, will have reached capacity for grand, high-profile amusements. That hasn't happened yet.
In November, the Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park will make its debut on seven wooded acres off Dowdy Ferry Road just north of I-20. It's a zip line course, or six of them, really, with all the accompanying ladders, rope bridges, and platforms those entail.
Here's how the operation is described on its website:
Reconnect with nature in a place far away from the concrete jungle. No worries here. No work deadlines, no phones, no internet, no North Dallas traffic jams. Just smooth sailing. A little bit o'country right here in the Big City. Recharge, reconnect. Log off, then log on for a brand new Adventure. Come play at the Trinity Forest Adventure Park!
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The park seems to have abandoned the "log on, hook up and get high" tag line it used in a press release last month.
"We're going to market this as family fun," owner Brad Lee told NBC 5. "It's an outdoor gymnasium."
Does Dallas need an outdoor adventure park? Probably not. But is it refreshing to hear a recreational project along the Trinity River being sold for what it is -- an amusement -- rather than as a benefit for underprivileged children or an engine for economic development? Yes.