Man gets green light to build trapeze system in his backyard

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 12/13/2012 8:29 pm Published: 12/13/2012 3:59 pm

Update: At Thursday's city council meeting, councilors gave Marcus Makar the okay to build the trapeze

A local trapeze enthusiast is hoping to get the green light to build a trapeze system in his backyard.

The Planning Commission denied his request for the structure planned to go up at 18th and Boston.

"Since the day I put my hand on the fly bar - I was like; I want one of these,” says Marcus Makar.
He grew up with a trapeze swing in his backyard. He says flying through the air is an experience like no other, and he wants to offer that to people who live or visit the city of Tulsa. However, he’s running into a few hurdles.

"I set the poles and then one person complained about it so they came down and lowered the boom, and so I said well what do I have to do to get this done,” says Makar.

Along with his attorney, former city counselor, John Eagleton, Marcus took his case to the Tulsa City Council, which overturned the commission's decision Thursday. But– there is still much more work to be done before the trapeze can go up.

'We then go to the Board of Adjustment who will adjust the hours of operation and the lighting requirements and the number of people and confirm that our parking expectations can be met,” says Eagleton.

FOX23 went door to door and could only find one neighbor who does not want the trapeze built. He didn’t want to go on camera, but was adamant that the council deny his neighbor’s request.

Marcus hopes to open his trapeze school in about six weeks.

"It will be forty five dollars a lesson and they'll be one and half to two hours. We generally run over," he says.

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Unwashed Mass - 12/13/2012 11:30 PM
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Keep the trapeze out of the backyards and in the bedrooms where they belong.

aleman - 12/13/2012 4:54 PM
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At least it ain't the whole circus I guess
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