A real business card for leisure tourism in the Jura is threatened by drought and, above all, by bark beetles. The insect has infested the Aventure Jura Parc near Delémont: nearly 150 trees have to be felled.
As revealed by the Jurassic Daily on Monday, the damage could mark the end of the adventure for this tourist offer; no less than 6,000 people went there each year.
The Adventure Park was its name when it opened in 2004 in Rebeuvelier, it is four hectares of forest which offered seven tree climbing courses and above all a double zip line of 180 meters, a Swiss first at the time of its creation. . The place is very popular with families and companies for their business outing.
But climate change and the drought that affects a large part of the Jura forest have been there. The bark beetle settled in and progressed. About a hundred trees have already been felled and a second outbreak still needs to be treated.
Season interrupted in August
As a result, half of the courses were taken down, and the season came to a halt last month when it usually ran until the fall break. It is not yet possible to predict whether activity will resume.
On the side of Jura Tourisme, contacted on Monday by RTSinfo, it is hoped that the place can be preserved and that operators will bounce back with other projects so that the activity remains profitable. For its president Frédéric Lovis, theJura Parc Adventure had become one of the key elements of tourism in the canton.