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5/7/2013 10:40:00 AM
Editorial: What should Williams look like?
Williams-Grand Canyon News


The Williams City Council approved a zipline attraction across Grand Canyon Boulevard at Railroad Avenue. The attraction is not a standard zipline. It will be Route 66 themed with riders sitting in racecar like seats and crossing Grand Canyon Boulevard about 30 feet off the ground.

Soaring Eagle Zipline plans to have the ride open by Memorial Day. The company will install a high tower in the parking lot by the Recreation Center and a low tower in the east visitor parking lot.

While more attractions and things to do in town will undoubtedly entice visitors to Williams to stick around a little bit longer, the location of the zipline is questionable.

Many members of the community have spent a lot of time working to preserve the historic look and feel of Williams. Does a carnival style zipline attraction in the heart of downtown further their efforts? Probably not.

A second company, Western Destinations, proposed installing a more traditional style 600-foot zipline located at the Williams triangle on the east end of town where Route 66 and Railroad Avenue meet. This location makes much more sense.

Soaring Eagle estimates the city will make about $271,000 over the course of six months on the zipline attraction.

Maybe the city should put that money into the road repair fund. Crumbling streets are not a good look for Williams. Visitors soaring across Grand Canyon Boulevard will have a bird's eye view of potholes along the one block stretch of road between Railroad Avenue and Route 66.

Reinvesting in the outward appearance of Williams makes sense.

The city approved a contact with Soaring Eagle through December. One tourist season. If the zipline proves to be an eyesore or doesn't make as much money for the city as Soaring Eagle predicts, the city council can walk away from the arrangement. If the attraction really does bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars, hopefully city officials will consider reinvesting the money in the outward appearance of the community.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Article comment by: does any one care????

From the freeway, the whole town looks like a junk yard. Tires stacked up, weeds every where. Then you drive downtown, congestion all the time because of the retarded one-lane road. Now a zip-line. But hey the important thing is now you can get a hot dog at the golf course!!!!

Clean up your act Williams!!!!


Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Biddle

I agree with Ron. Give the visitors a long ride overlooking the town of Williams.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

It would have been cool if it was a lot longer.
Like from one end of the main drag to the other. Something like this going to the top of The mountain would draw people even more.




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