Farewell, sweet prince.To help balance Toronto’s budget, the Island ropes course will likely close in 2017.
The ropes course, which includes both high ropes and low ropes, is a destination for youth groups, companies that wish to build employee trust or morale, and people who got lost trying to find Centreville.
It’s only open in the spring and summer and doesn’t cost much money ($55,000), but there are two reasons why staff recommend that it close:
- It’s not that popular.
- The ropes course needs to be replaced
For all of us who sort of remember doing the ropes course once, we can bid it a fond farewell. For the rest of us, we can give a thank you for filling out those lists of “10 things you didn’t realize you could do on the Island.”
Of course, it’s still not a certainty that the ropes course will be cut. It could somehow be saved in the budget process, or, like the Island Hedge Maze, it could be saved by a wealthy donor.
But there’s also not a big political constituency to support a project like this, so it’s probably time to say goodbye.