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Iris Lake in McDonough will be the home to a zipline park after an approval from the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

McDONOUGH – A proposed zipline park received the approval of the Henry County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting.

The park, which will be located on 141 acres of land at 1209 Iris Lake Road near U.S. Highway 23, will be operated by American Adventure Park Systems, and was unanimously and enthusiastically approved by commissioners, with the inclusion of 20 conditions, many of which concerned safety-related matters.

Supporters of the park called it an opportunity to preserve land for wildlife, as opposed to the construction of another residential development that would put several hundred residents in that same area.

In fact, the only “opposition” to the park was decidedly tongue-in-cheek from a supporter who sarcastically lamented the additional green space and added entertainment options in the county.

Supporters of the park suggested it would be similar to Banning Mills, a zipline park located west of Atlanta. That park is also operated by American Adventure Park Systems.

“It’s very refreshing to have a developer come in and appreciate the beauty of Henry County,” said supporter Kelly Rose. “What I see is the epitome of quality growth.”

Rose said she shared information on social media concerning the proposed zipline park, and her posts were shared over a dozen times, received over 100 likes and did not receive a negative comment.

“The community wants this, an outdoor facility,” Rose said. “I hope you realize this is what the community needs.”

Tim Howser, another supporter, expressed his support after walking through the property.

“I walked through woods, and I saw deer, ducks, geese and rabbits,” Howser said. “Many homes could be put in here. The best thing we can do is preserve this for animals, fowl, for all of that.”

Previously, the proposal had received a negative vote from the Zoning Advisory Board in May, and that vote was appealed by the zipline park applicant and its attorney, Andy Welch.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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