The estimated cost for the proposed phase one 1,300-foot zip line from the foot trail by the Rumford library to the snow dump is $150,000. That zip line would require two employees trained in safety and operating procedures plus insurance coverage (according to information in the Sun Journal, Feb. 5).
The estimate of $20 per rider means it would take 7,500 riders just to pay for the installation of phase one. The expenses of the operators, insurance and maintenance would mean rider totals would have to be higher.
The estimated total for the complete, seven world-class zip lines would be more than $1.5 million.
Where will all the people come from to support the zip line park?
I don't think many retired people in Rumford would ride those zip lines. If built, the cost of that park would be a burden to them.
Richard McInnis, Rumford