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Lockport Cave owner submits zip line application

LOCKPORT – Thomas Callahan, co-owner of the Lockport Cave underground boat ride, submitted an application to the state Canal Corp. this week for permission to construct two platforms on state property to accommodate a zip line ride over the Erie Canal.

Shane Mahar, spokesman for the Canal Corp., said the application was filed Monday in the agency’s Buffalo office. He said the Canal Corp.’s review of the request is under way although he didn’t know how long it would take. Mahar said sometimes reviews of permit requests for use of canal property are fairly quick, meaning it’s conceivable that the attraction might be able to open this year.

“They know this is a priority project for the Lockport area and for Mr. Callahan,” Mahar said. The City of Lockport already has granted a permit for the construction of a zip line platform on the Cave’s property, but it doesn’t take effect until state permission for the other two platforms is granted.

The proposal presented to the city June 1 called for a takeoff point 86 feet above the water on an angled path of 450 feet to the opposite bank of the canal to a platform 34 feet below the first one. The rider then would take a 350-foot ride back across the canal to the final platform, another 34 feet below the second one.