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> Pollok Park Goes Ape, High wire forest adventure
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post 21st Feb 2007, 10:20pm
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Glasgow City Council councillors last week approved the building of a massive tree-borne assault course in Pollok Park, in the south side of Glasgow. The aerial assault course reaches 40ft above ground and involves a complex network of rope bridges, trapezes and slides for young people and adventurous adults.

The private company, Go Ape, has won the approval for a 21 year lease of prime parkland in the park's North Wood. The company, which runs similar schemes located throughout England, typically charges £25 for adults aged 18 and over, and £20 for children aged between 10 and 17 years of age who are more than 4ft 7in tall.

Parks spokeswoman Aileen Colleran commented on the development before it was approved, saying:

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"The adventure playground is another example of us giving people the facilities they have asked for in their parks."


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What is Go Ape?

“A network of rope bridges, trapezes and zip slides that stretches for roughly a mile through the tree canopy………..this impressively extensive cat’s cradle of ropes, netting and platforms, set high in the trees is an aerial assault course called, Go Ape!”

“I free-fall for a moment, but then the death-slide takes up the slack and brings me up short before whipping me along to the cargo net. Just as I think it’s over, I bounce back up the wire a bit before coming back down. It is a big adrenaline-fuelled blur and it feels fantastic.”

Edward de la Billiere, The Telegraph, Saturday November 30th 2002

Go Ape! is a high wire forest adventure. Wearing a safety harness, participants trek through the canopy across 35-40 varied activities. We hope you find the experience exciting, challenging and surprising.


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post 22nd Feb 2007, 07:11am
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Immediately I hear "PRIVATE COMPANY" sends alarm bells.
Great idea for this type of Adventure Playground........ALAS, what child is going to afford £20 to gain entry........makes me sick to the pit of my stomach, this will be the elite who will use the facilities, not Jock Thamsan's bairns. wub.gif


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post 22nd Feb 2007, 08:29am
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wink.gif I hope theres nae tree damage or removals going down we are losing too much green oan our horizons & I feel likemided who has weans wi 20quid in there hands? if there is then am living in the wrong times dry.gif


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post 5th Mar 2007, 01:49pm
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well i know my kirsty is looking forward to this, but then again shes practically rared in the polloky, she doesnt need all these high wires cos everytime shes over she manages to swing through the trees nae bother laugh.gif


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post 17th Mar 2007, 07:25pm
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Couldn't agree more with previous responses. What is GCC thinking of? Why not set up their own adventure thingie and make it accessible via Young Scot cards to those who would benefit from it most ie our poorest kids. I am sick of the creeping privatisation that is going on in our city - latest target our museums and, I heard ,our leisure facilities.It's time for a citizens' revolt.
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post 17th Mar 2007, 11:37pm
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down south the charges are appaulling 26pounds for children to go into chessington world of adventures it is best to buy a yearly pass and then if you want you can go on london eye thorpe park tussauds aulton towers and warwick castle just one visit to each would be a saving but a think kids from low earners and others could have a conssession price just to give the mums and dads a bit of happiness with their weans as it does seem to be for high earners not fair at all
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post 18th Mar 2007, 01:40pm
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What is wrong with just going for a lovely walk or run in the park? It seems that that is far too simple these days, somebody has to make money out of it or it can't be good enough. It's so sad, in fact it's not sad it's disgusting.
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post 14th Jan 2008, 01:04pm
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There is going to be a public meeting to discuss this:

Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
22 january 2008
7.30 pm

Please come and show your support.

www.savepollokpark.com
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post 22nd Jan 2008, 02:30am
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Folks, folks, folks!

Dinna worry. You can't catch TB from the soil - the virus needs to spread from person to person via droplet - he has to cough or sneeze and less than 6 feet away, you need to be taking a breath at the same time. HIV lives for only minutes outside the body - transmission is direct contact person to person ... anything else?

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post 28th Jan 2008, 08:20pm
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You can now take part in an independent survey of the Go Ape development at Pollok Park:



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