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July 11, 2012 at 1:10 AM

No zip line in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park

Acting Seattle Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams announced Wednesday that the city is abandoning plans for a privately run high ropes course in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park, though it has not yet decided whether to proceed with a ropes course proposal at another park.

The announcement came  after 250 concerned residents packed a town hall meeting Tuesday night opposing the proposal for a 5-to-6 acre ropes course and zip line in the park.

“We listened to the community, and though there is demand for this emerging form of recreation, there are some who clearly do not support it at this location,” said Williams.

The news came as a relief to Mark Ahlness, a retired teacher who frequents the park with his wife and attended Tuesday’s town hall.

“I am extremely happy,” he said.  “We see it as a urban sanctuary and there are very few of those left in our city.”

The city had been exploring a proposal to have the Maryland-based company Go Ape build and operate the course, with the city getting a slice of the profit.

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