Go Ape, a U.K.-based firm, is working on plans with the city parks department to build a zip line and rope bridge course in a forested section of the park. This would be the company’s second U.S. location; its first is in Rockville, Md. The firm has 30 locations in the United Kingdom.
The company will build a cabin next to the dog park as its base of operations and ticket office. The city’s urban design commission approved the cabin design following a presentation Thursday morning by Chris Swallow, the company’s director of business development. The next step will be for the company to formerly submit its plans to the planning commission for approval.
Swallow said Richmond is an ideal location for their company to set up shop.
“We were getting a lot of visitors in Rockville from Richmond, so we expect to have the same kind of draw for this area as well,” Swallow said.
Below is a video of the Rockville course.
The course accommodates groups of 15 people every 30 minutes. Pricing for Richmond has not been set, but the Rockville location charges $55 for adults and $35 for children. The entire experience lasts two to three hours, Swallow said.
Swallow said they plan to open in March.
The company has been working closely with the city parks department, with which it will share a small percentage of the revenue, according to J.R. Pope, the city parks director.