No one asked us our opinion, but we thought we’d weigh in anyway on the nine proposals before the Baltimore Development Corporation for attractions to increase interest in the Inner Harbor, that tarnished old Baltimore jewel. Descriptions below compiled from The Baltimore Sun —
Beach volleyball courts on Rash Field.
* * * * * Love the simplicity. Inexpensive and green too! Volleyball tourneys are sure to attract a crowd.
Eighteen-hole miniature golf course on Rash Field.
* * Miniature golf is good clean fun for the family, but it can be riff-raff-y for teenagers and young adults. And is miniature golf something that will really motivate adults on date night to head to the Inner Harbor?
A 200-foot “observation wheel” at the end of Pier 5.
* * * * This is a Ferris wheel, plain and simple. Although we love the classic silhouette of a Ferris wheel along the sky, we’ve all been on Ferris wheels and a bigger one won’t get the crowds to the Inner Harbor. Isn’t the pro trapeze school nearby enough carnival juice for one tourist-y urban setting? We’d favor this more if there weren’t better proposals to consider.
A 27-seat “trackless” train from the Inner Harbor’s north shore to the carousel near the Maryland Science Center and Rash Field.
* * * A nice alternative, especially on a hot, humid Baltimore summer day, but ultimately not enough pizzazz.
A trampoline, a 200-foot “observation wheel,” a carousel and miniature golf course, as well as facilities for wall climbing, rappelling and slides, among other things, for Rash Field, West Shore Park and other areas.
* * Sounds like PlayLand.
Sky trail rope course, location unspecified.
* * * A little dull. Lukewarm.
The aerophare between Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion and the Baltimore Visitor Center.
* * * * * This unusual “flying lighthouse” offering panoramic views of the city is getting the most buzz and for good reason. We have no idea what it is! We’re already curious! Deemed Baltimore’s smaller version of the Eiffel Tower by the project’s developer.
An aerial tram ride and zip line from Federal Hill to the Baltimore Visitor Center.
* * * * This gondola lift-like air tram poses the biggest threat to the aerophare. Sounds like fun and unusual enough for visitors and to try on your own.
A variety of activities, including a 60-foot tower for rock climbing, zip lines, a three-person giant swing, kayak tours or land-based scavenger tours and a “team building” center. Terrapin proposes to use Rash Field, West Shore Park and the waterside plaza in front of the Maryland Science Center.
* * Okay, you lost us at “team building center.” Sounds like a work seminar.