By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There could soon be a new attraction in North Park, a zip line that lets people fly over the trees.

There is a plan up for consideration, even a company lined up to build and operate it, but county council still needs to give its stamp of approval.

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“We think it will bring new people, different segment of people to the park and we also look at it as a way for the county to raise some new revenue,” Director of County Parks Andrew Baechle said.

County council is considering the new adventure with the company Go Ape!, which specializes in outdoor entertainment.

“We’re going to get you in a harness, put you about 40 feet up in the trees,” Managing Director of Go Ape! Dan D’Agostino said. “We’re really excited about North Park because it’s a beautiful park, beautiful location.”

Park goers and their children have already tried similar gravity-defying courses in other states.

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“You conquer your fears if you have a fear of heights,” park goer Aime Itri said. “But it’s just exhilarating and you get to see a lot of nature.”

The course would run in a tree-lined area between Pierce Mill road and the tennis courts, past the boat house.

Baechle says it would bring $20,000 a year in revenue to the county and help revitalize the area.

Allegheny County Council members will look at the plans Tuesday and are expected to vote on the new attraction in three weeks.

If all goes well, the zip line could be up in the spring.

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