Morrow in talks for zipline tour at Olde Towne Morrow

Morrow residents wait while the Development Authority conducted an hour-long executive session on whether to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Canopy Tours, Inc. The developer wants to run zipline tours in Barton Memorial Park from a base at the current Olde Towne Morrow site. (Staff Photo: Robin Kemp)

MORROW — The city of Morrow Development Authority voted Sept. 3 to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a developer who wants to bring a canopy tour and zipline attraction to the city.

This letter would only involve the Olde Towne Morrow site next to Southlake Mall, as the Development Authority has jurisdiction over it. The Development Authority has no say over Barton Memorial Park, the wooded area between a subdivision and I-75.

Morrow Mayor Jeff DeTar explained that the Parks Department would be responsible for deciding whether to allow the tour in Barton Park. However, the developer made it clear that he wants to stage the tours at Olde Towne Morrow, then conduct them at the park, as a total package in any final deal.

“Well, I guess we’d better go put the ‘For Sale’ sign on the house,” grumbled one unhappy homeowner.

Some residents are opposed to the canopy tour being so close to their homes, saying they don’t want to hear people whooping and hollering as they fly through the trees. Others welcome the idea of having something novel to do in the area.

The developer, Bradd Morse of Canopy Consulting Inc., made the proposal before the City Council in July. Opponents made their displeasure known at a town hall meeting held later.

Morse said he wanted the attraction up and running by next year, but that he would not move here and do business if he were not wanted.

Supporters of the proposal see it not only as a way to be done with the disastrous Olde Towne Morrow development, but also as a destination for tourists traveling on I-75.

No deal has been signed yet, DeTar emphasized.

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