Military Park needs more funding for trams

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A new ride could be coming to Military Park in Greensboro.

Officials have been trying for years to get federal grant money to get a tram in the park, and have finally received the $120,000 grant in order to fund it.

The tram that travels through Country Park has been fairly successful, carrying about 230 passengers per day on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Park officials believe having a second tram will allow visitors to see more of the 600 acres of the parks.

"There are a lot of roadblocks to people actually enjoying all the offerings that are available," explains Charles Cranfield, Supervisor of Guilford Courthouse Military Park.

The problem now is finding $25,000 to operate the tram, which proves difficult after the cuts the park has made over the last few years.

"We've faced funding cuts. We've lost each year about $10,000 a year up to $30,000. Now are being hit by the sequestration which is another $55,000 out of the budget," Cranfield said.

The goal is to have trams pick up and drop-off passengers at Greensboro's Natural Science Center.

Every year about 100,000 guests visit the parks and officials want those visitors to stay in Greensboro a little longer than a few hours.

"It encourages dining out in a restaurant, and possibly a stay in a motel and it can only enhance the economic prospect for the city," explains Cranfield.

Officials are looking at grants and possibly donors to raise the $25,000 needed for the trams.

The tram will not be running by Memorial Day, but will hopefully start running this summer.

Rides are free, but dogs are not allowed.


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