Swope Park by April 2016 could become a more attractive place for people seeking adventure.
It’s not that the Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theatre aren’t appealing. The city’s largest park with 1,805 acres could become home to a Go Ape attraction.
Plans are underway for the course to include five stations with eight obstacles in each. Adventurists ages 10 and older can expect rope bridges, tunnels and swings with different levels of difficulty. The stations can be as high was 50 feet off the ground connected by zip lines, The Kansas City Star reports.
The Maryland-based Go Ape has built a dozen similar courses since 2002 mostly in Eastern cities. It opened one in July 2013 in Creve Coeur Park in the St. Louis area.
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The company plans to share a small portion of its revenue with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. It expects to take in $800,000 in revenue from which the department would get 4 percent, or $32,000.
Part of the treetop Go Ape course would be over the mountain bike trails in the southeast part of Swope Park. People on bicycles regularly can be seen pedaling east on Gregory Boulevard past Bruce R. Watkins Drive headed to Swope Park.
The bike trails and the Go Ape adventure combined will make going to the park for recreation that much more fun and exciting for the people on the ground and in the air.