Mar 15, 2024 - News

New canopy walk coming to Blacklick Woods

A tree canopy walk under construction.

The tree canopy walk seen during construction. Photo: Courtesy of the Metro Parks system

Metro Parks' newest trail is suspended 35 feet off the ground.

The big picture: The canopy walk at Blacklick Woods Metro Park in Reynoldsburg is opening this spring, per park officials.

  • The eighth-of-a-mile catwalk through the treetops includes a 55-foot-tall observation tower, a cargo-net hammock and a kids play area with a firefighter's pole.
  • The structure includes an elevator, making it accessible for people with disabilities.

What they're saying: "I think bird watchers are going to especially love it," Metro Parks visitor engagement manager Jill Snyder tells Axios.

Catch up quick: The project was originally proposed at the end of 2020, but delayed by supply chain problems.

  • A new nature center planned for the park was scrapped amid rising construction costs.
  • The catwalk project cost about $1.5 million, Snyder said.

What's next: Workers are putting the final touches on the project and wrapping up site work, which includes paved trails to the new structure, per Snyder.

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