Dunwoody city officials are considering allowing a ‘treetop obstacle course’ to be installed in a forested area of Brook Run Park.

Cloe Amara and Julien Hatton of Treetop Quest presented the company’s proposal for the course to members of Dunwoody City Council during their meeting May 12. The proposed obstacle course includes a series of platforms installed around trees, zip lines, bridges, swings and rope ladders.

“It’s quite a good physical activity,” said Amara, park manager for Treetop Quest Gwinnett, one of two facilities in Georgia.

The course goes from about 5 feet above the ground to about 60-65 feet off the ground, she said. Customers pay an average of $30 for 2 ½ hours on the course or can buy season passes, she told the council

Dunwoody Parks Director Brent Walker said that the obstacle course would operate in about 4 acres of the park. The company would pay the city at least $25,000 a year for use of the facility, he said. The cost, based on use of the facility, could provide up to $40,000 in revenue a year, he said.

Amara and Hatton said that in addition to installing two courses in Georgia, the company has installed six in Europe “We’ve been building, designing and operating parks in France for 10 years,” Hatton said.

Some council members indicated support for the idea. “I think this will be cool,” Mayor Mike Davis said.

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