March 20, 2012 11:01am
Cellphone towers are not the most attractive structure in the world. They provide a valuable service, but also litter our fine land. Bell has come up with a solution to bring better reception to cottage country and somewhat keep the landscape intact. Bell is planning on constructing 20 cellphone towers (sized between 25 and 29 meters) that look like trees in the Muskoka area. Planning is still in the works, but Bell is targeting the tree towers in Brackenrig, Foot’s Bay, Port Carling East, Port Sandfield, Walker’s Point East, Breezy Point Road and Little Lake Joseph.
To achieve the look of an actual tree, the cellphone base – trunks – are made of steel, while the branches are made of fibre glass. Bell spokesperson Jason Laszlo said that “The equipment comes to the location prefabricated and is assembled on site. When complete, the tree will stand between 25 and 29 meters and will be positioned to blend with existing trees”.
I’ve gotta say that “tree” looks better than the usual white tower we see. However, Alice Murphy, the mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, has a different viewpoint and seems to be unimpressed. Murphy stated that “It’s really bizarre looking at them in the picture … it’s like a white pine on steroids”.
Source: The Star