Zip line planned for South Bend park

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Plans to improve Seitz Park in South Bend include the installation of a zip line over the St. Joseph River.

After many months of delays, the multi-phase construction is about to begin.

On Tuesday, city crews started removing bricks at the base of the portion of the river lights that will also be removed soon.

“You’ll start to see everything get torn down shortly here,” said Arron Perri, director of South Bend’s Venues, Parks and Arts. “It’s about an 18-month process for Notre Dame’s work.”

Perri said Notre Dame has a green light to build a hydroelectric generating facility largely underneath the park.

After that’s completed, the city will do a $4 million rebuild of the upper, or people, portion of the park.

The improvements will include a new band shell, a pavilion, restrooms and a vending area where tickets will be sold for rafting down the East Race.

“Rafting has been a strong part of this. Whitewater rafting has been a strong part of Seitz Park for the past 30 years. We're looking to take you out of the water and into the air,” Perri said.

The sky's the limit, as the preliminary plans call for a Seitz Park zip line.

“The preliminary plans include a zip line that would go over the East Race, over Seitz Park, over the Cascades and the river lights, and end up over by Century Center. You climb up a few steps and you take a round trip back.”

Perri estimates that the park will reopen sometime in the summer of 2020.