Zip through Stony Creek with Go Ape!
BY ZACH MICKLEA
OU News Bureau
Southeastern Michigan residents now have the chance to harness their inner ape this year at Stony Creek Metropark where treetop adventure course and zip line company Go Ape! has launched a new operation.
The attraction officially opens April 14 and features more than 4,000 feet of rope ladders, zip lines and a double Tarzan swing that lets adventurers swing from 30 feet high into a cargo net.
Within the forest, there are more than 40 obstacles as high as 50 feet and zip lines as long as 600 feet.
Go Ape! is an inclusive activity in the trees, according to Managing Director Chris Swallow.
“It’s a challenge for everybody,” Swallow said. “We’re trying to encourage Go Ape’s motto, which is to ‘live life adventurously.’ ”
Swallow said Go Ape! chose Stony Creek because it felt that Huron-Clinton Metroparks is one of the best park systems in the country.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks Director George Phifer saw a bit of Stony Creek when looking at Go Ape!
“We share similar core values with Go Ape! in how we serve the local community,” Phifer said in a press release. “Our goal is to connect people to nature in a variety of ways.”
The course’s construction began last summer and was entirely funded by Go Ape. The park will share in revenue through ticket sales, with no public funds spent on maintaining or operating the course.
Swallow is eager to launch the company’s first Michigan location.
“We’re excited to become part of the region’s vibrant outdoor culture,” said Swallow in a press release. “We’re looking forward to getting Southeast Michigan residents up into the trees.”
Children over 10 years old and adults can make reservations on Go Ape’s website. Prices range from $38 to $58 for two to three hours of adventure.
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