The Trinity Forest is Getting a Zip-Line Park

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The Southern Cross, via Facebook
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!

See also: Dallas Explains How the New Trinity Forest Golf Course Will Save the World

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.

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britneyagastha
britneyagastha

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jobrendalee
jobrendalee

I have attended an event at The Southern Cross and was VERY impressed with the people and service. We look forward to coming out and trying out the zip lines when you get open. I saw on FaceBook a few weeks back that TSC was looking to hire some people. I think it is great that you are expanding in this economy.

mcdallas
mcdallas topcommenter

Finally, a legal way to "get high" in south Dallas.

dougsterfresh
dougsterfresh

Katy,

Please don't take some of the trolling comments on this board as representative of the masses. Your kind responses would indicate that you're probably about as far removed from that world as the Southern Cross is from the rest of Dallas. I attended an event with my wife sponsored by the Red Cross (for blood donation) at your facility with my two young children and we had a wonderful time! For those who have never been to the southern sector or the Trinity river basin, your facility is a wonderful representation of what can be done without losing the natural beauty of the area. I look forward to an opportunity to take my boys to a place where we can have an adventure, but have some structure as well. One point of consideration....I hope the price can be lowered or perhaps special offers to encourage largescale adoption, because I know that this would be an impediment for my family. 

CTip
CTip

I don't think 'Carey' is particularly familiar with the concept of zip-lining in the first place.  I've been on zip-lines in about a dozen countries.  In many cases, it has been the only reasonable means of accessing remote areas.  Zip-lines are a practical method of accessing heavily wooded areas WITHOUT negatively affecting the natural surroundings.  It's also good for mountainous terrain, although that obviously doesn't apply here.  In this case, it looks like The Southern Cross has provided a way to attract more people to a beautiful part of Dallas without harming the forest.  This is very eco-friendly, and I believe most people who are familiar with this concept would agree.  Congrats to the people who created this, I think this is an excellent way to develop the area!

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Is this a free public thing? Or is it some private fee charging thing in a public park?

b_whit_04
b_whit_04

@Carey ..... I'm not exactly sure where your disdain for this park comes from seeing that you know absolutely nothing about it and have never been there. I personally cannot wait to take my family on what appears to be a fun-filled outdoor adventure that will get them outside and completely away from the video games kids so often cling to these days. I love that there will be a park so close to home right in the city that my family can enjoy that is outside and not overrun by tall buildings and busy traffic. I have been to the Southern Cross and thoroughly enjoyed all the fun things it has to offer! Your negative comments are quite rude and over the top.... I meeeean I sure hope that you spend your days living in a tee pee.... drinking river water and not utilizing any modern day amenities.... I also hope that you are president of every Arbor Day... tree hugging..... recycle project on this side of the Mississippi because frankly you sitting on your COMPUTER..... not doing anything for the environment makes your point all but null and void in my opinion.... so AGAIN.... MY FAMILY will be visiting this place and I hope to enjoy myself and not run into any negative Nancy's like yourself there.....  I'm sure Katy has to be nice to you because she works there.... I personally hope a TREE falls on you :)))) 

T_S_
T_S_

If said zipline makes a path over some illicit "planting" areas, then sign me up.

vanston27
vanston27

The highest platform is 20 feet... this is for little kids

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

no phones, no internet?  Welp I guess no one will go there because we all know anyone who goes here will want to check in Foursquare/Facebook/Twitter and then take tons of selfies to upload to facebook immediately saying look at me.  

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

wonderful.  Yet another project built to cater to the uptown and north dallas crowds that the south dallas families probably cannot afford to utilize.  Approx $150 for a family of four (two teenage kids).

Dar_Lalalala
Dar_Lalalala

This is awesome! I can't wait to go check this out!

observist
observist topcommenter

Cool!  Now we can just zip over the piles of illegally-dumped trash!

Z0RR0
Z0RR0

I will go to this!


Carey
Carey

This sounds like the next best urban outdoor adventure to hitching a ride in Bill Holston's underwear on one of his lunchtime ambles.

What other urban center has the kind of can-do spirit and talent to fuck up a virtually pristine forest for everybody like Big D demonstrates here, huh? That's right, not a one.

And everybody wonders why in the final analysis Dallas is nothing more than an aging strip mall with benefits.

katy.lee
katy.lee

@dougsterfresh Thank you so much for your kind words! I understand that the price could be a disadvantage for some. We are definitely looking into a variety of options regarding special offers and incentives, so please check our website and Facebook frequently for updates and more info! 

katy.lee
katy.lee

@Montemalone The Trinity Forest Adventure Park will be open to the public *hopefully* by November 16th. It is not at a public park. It is located within The Southern Cross Party & Event Center, which was built in 1999. Admission starts at $29.95 for children, and $39.95 for adults. We plan to offer a variety of special offers, so please check our website and Facebook page for updates and more info! 

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

sprinkle a few special magic seeds please ;)

katy.lee
katy.lee

@vanston27 Actually, the highest platform is over 60 feet high. There are elements for adventurers as young as 6, though there is no upper age limit.

katy.lee
katy.lee

@observist OOoh. I see what you mean. Yeah, no. Obviously I'm biased, because I work here, but I've worked here for the last several years. No, every part of south Dallas isn't beautiful, and it does need a lot of work. However, the comment we get most often when people come to events here is "wow, I can't believe we're still in Dallas," or "wow, I never even knew you existed." All bias aside, I really hope that people will consider at least coming to see it before casting it aside completely. We welcome you any time to see for yourself!

katy.lee
katy.lee

@Carey I'm not really sure what kind of point you're trying to make here, but I don't think you realize what you are talking about. First of all, the Trinity Forest Adventure Park is NOT just ziplines-it's an obstacle course in the trees. That's right, TREES. Also known as part of the "pristine forest." The Southern Cross has been here for 14 years, and has done everything to keep the area as natural as possible. The ranch sits on over 40 WOODED acres. My hope is that this park, which is the first of its kind in Texas, will bring much needed POSITIVE attention to South Dallas-a place full of beautiful forests and natural trails. This is what South Dallas SHOULD be known for. 

jobrendalee
jobrendalee

@katy.lee @dougsterfresh Large scale adoption would be out of my budget, but perhaps there could be a 'collection point' where sponsorships could be combined.

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

sounds like fun hopefully your open after dark till atleast 9-10pm

vanston27
vanston27

Their website FAQ says 20 ft... That's probably the minimum you'd have to be comfortable with though on the smallest course... 60 ft is ok, dangerous, but not really scary

vanston27
vanston27

I got my info from their website FAQ... Still 60 feet is a little weak for adults

katy.lee
katy.lee

@vanston27 Oops. Correction. The tallest platform is 45 feet, but the tallest element is over 50 feet. Also, to clarify, Trinity Forest Adventure Park is not a Zip Line course, but an aerial adventure park. It will feature some zips, but it is more of an obstacle course in the trees. 

Carey
Carey

@katy.lee Katy, let me clarify. You worked hard to pimp a previously nice grove of trees into a psychotic, artificial piece of shit urban monkey bars in order to make as much money as possible from the least amount of capital input while trashing what might have been in the process. Not that this type of abject whoring out of local resources isn't the time-honored Dallas way. But I get it: it's for the children, for when they need a bigger video game to play in.

JohnSmallBerries
JohnSmallBerries

@Carey @katy.lee 
When I think of examples "abject whoring out of local resources" that would fall under the tradition of  the "time-honored Dallas way," I do not really think that putting a bunch of zip lines in a forest without cutting down all the tress would be the first thing that comes to mind.

Carey
Carey

@katy.lee @CareySo the picture at the top is a misrepresentation?

Katy, you don't need to destroy a forest in order to "encourage children to play outside, use their physical strength, and enjoy nature" - particularly at the rapacious prices you're charging those whose parents can afford it. You just push them out the door and shut it behind them.

Nor do you need to remake something as hard to find as a forest into a bizarre, artificial aerial jungle gym in order to get kids to fall in love with the wonders of nature. Face it, you're just pimping out this exploitation because the trees are free and can't negotiate back. This sort of cheap-ass shake-and-bake "natural" development is popping up everywhere there are unused woods to be seized.

Go find an abandoned warehouse in South Dallas and install an indoor jungle gym with all the zip lines you want there instead. Refurbish something, charge a fair price, and try to bring up the neighborhood.

Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of that cheap, trashy carpentry shown in the picture gets cut down some moonless night - for the sake of the children.

katy.lee
katy.lee

@Carey @katy.lee I'm sorry you feel that way. I feel like it is NOTHING like video games in that it encourages children to play outside, use their physical strength, and enjoy nature. It's a wonder to me how you know so much about it, but have never seen it. I hope that someday, you'll decide to give us a chance. Until then, take care and have a wonderful day. 

dingo
dingo

@observist @katy.lee @Carey Its pretty clear to me.

Some tree hugger that probably lives in a dwelling on cleared land with indoor plumbing and air conditioning is going ape shit because someone hung a bunch of rope and 2x4s in 40 acres they purchased and did not clear adjacent to a 6,000 acre forest.

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