Aurora park may 'Go Ape' with zipline

By Mike Lesko | Aurora Advocate Published:

Want to swing on a rope like Tarzan? Or soar through the sky on a zip line?

The city of Aurora soon may have something for you.

City officials are discussing the possibility of bringing a treetop adventure course to the city from a company named Go Ape!

There would be no expense to the city, which would receive a percentage of the company's revenue, according to Pete Conces, a member of the city's recreation advisory committee, which discussed the proposal.

Parks-Recreation Director Jim Kraus said the city's take from the company could be between $25,000 and $65,000 a year.

The most likely site is the east side of the Sunny Lake property, which has 600 acres and no usage restrictions, he said.

City Council would have to approve bringing the company to the city.

Kraus said if the city pursues the project, "2014 is the time frame we'd be shooting for."

Go Ape! has three locations are in Williamsburg, Va., Rockville, Md., and Indianapolis.

According to its website, a Go Ape! treetop adventure course is an outdoor experience that provides participants two to three hours of outdoor fun and exercise.

Participants are equipped with harnesses and given a 30-minute safety briefing and training before they are ready to fly on zip lines, swing through the trees and observe the surroundings.

A zip line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on an incline.

The treetop adventure course requires a degree of physical fitness, but if people can climb up a rope ladder, they should be fine, according to the Go Ape website.

Participants must be at least 10 years old, and those under age 18 must be supervised by a participating adult. Participants must be at least 4 feet, 7 inches tall and must not weigh more than 285 pounds.

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