- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A high-ropes course suspended up to 40 feet in the air is preparing to open in a wooded area in Grand Rapids.

The new Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park is set to begin offering three-hour self-guided tours along its network of 67 platforms on Friday, The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1YyErTK ) reported.

Customers will be secured by a harness attached to cables as they navigate their way through the course’s two easy, two moderate or two difficult lines.

The course features a rope walk, a suspension bridge, a cargo net and a balance board. It also includes rolling logs, a series of five octagonal boards hanging from pieces of rope and swinging islands.

On one of the course’s easy lines, there’s a skateboard-like contraction known as an “air board,” which is used to span the gap between two platforms, followed by a short zip line to the ground. As an exit on the harder lines, there’s a 34-foot jump, which offers a moment of free fall before the harness catches and eases the jumper to the ground.

“(You think) ‘I know I’m attached to this. I know I’m secure.’ But there’s no tension to feel,” said Randy McClellan, park manager at Grand Rapids Treetop Adventure Park.

The park, which was built by Chicago-based Experiential Systems Inc., is below the surface of a nearby parking lot.

“No two parks are ever the same,” said Jeremiah Mayerak, the construction company’s project manager. “The location (here in Grand Rapids) is probably the most unique because it’s low. It’s not set in a field.”


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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