Amid Criticism, Heritage To Defend Zip Line at Zoning Meeting

The Dexter rhododendrons at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.

The Dexter rhododendrons at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich.

SANDWICH – Sandwich residents opposed to the controversial aerial adventure exhibit at Heritage Museums and Gardens will be on hand when the museum goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals tonight.

Neighbors want the board to revoke the museum’s building permit for the project, which includes a zip line.

“None of these roads were ever intended to carry large volumes of traffic, and for them to get the kinds of crowds that they have invited, it would mean significant congestion [and] increased traffic,” said Sandwich resident and Heritage neighbor Don Stainbrook.

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Heritage has expressed a desire to increase their attendance to 250,000 annually.

The museum has argued the exhibit is educational, but Stainbrook disagrees.

“They’re trying to use a lot of coal speak to contend that this exhibit is educational in nature. This exhibit is actually an amusement,” Stainbrook said.