Chedoke Golf Course should be developed into a proper year-round tubing park and zip line.
By Simon Carroll
Published June 17, 2015
How do you solve a problem like Chedoke?
Chedoke Golf Course (RTH file photo)
I read in the Hamilton Spectator in the last couple of days that Hamilton has to look into how it can make its public golf courses more profitable.
I don't know much about King's Forest but I spent years walking through Chedoke on my way to meet up with friends in Westdale from my parent's home on the West Mountain.
I vividly remember the ski hill and going down it on toboggans in the winter. I understand why the ski hill ended up shutting down and how much it sucked for the people who used it.
Well, here is the kernel for my idea on what should be done at Chedoke Park:
What do you think about the idea of looking into setting up a tubing park at Chedoke ski hill like the one at Chicopee? @aidan_johnson— Simon Carroll (@DrivenInc) February 26, 2015
That's right, I think Chedoke should be developed into a proper tubing park. I would also suggest a zip line since we have the magnificent Niagara Escarpment to use.
This is something that I have thought of for years, but seeing Chicopee Tube Park develop it in Kitchener has solidified it for me. Gosh, why not throw in a Gondola for the heck of it as well?
Currently, the Chedoke clubhouse is a wasted opportunity for golf, but it would be awesome for après-tubing hot chocolate if it was updated. Lighting that area up at night and doing some night tubing would be a great experience.
And it doesn't have to be limited to winter. A quick look at Chicopee shows that they do tubing in the summer - using a dry, waterless tub slide made from a special plastic with "the same slippery properties as snow".
The worst thing that could happen would be to sell that area off to developers. What a tragic loss of publicly-owned greenspace.
So what do you think, Hamilton? I think that this would be awesome!
First published on Simon's website.
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