St. Louis County's newest attraction is sure to have adventurous families jumping for joy ... literally. The St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation recently announced plans to open the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, a zip line course to be located in upper Creve Coeur Park.
The course, which officials anticipate opening in May, will encompass approximately seven acres of tree canopy and will include zip lines, obstacles and — prepare to thump your chest — Tarzan swings. Participants will fly through the trees using harnesses, pulleys and carabiners. The course will take two to three hours to complete and will provide visitors with a workout as well as a chance to experience nature from a different perspective. Admission will be $55 for adults and $35 for children ages 10 through 17.
All participants must be at least 55 inches tall and 10 years of age. All visitors will complete a 30-minute training program prior to their adventures. Instructors will be available throughout the visit and will patrol the forest for added safety.
The zip line will be installed, operated and maintained by Go Ape, which currently operates zip line courses in public parks in Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Go Ape will be responsible for creating an environmental management plan to mitigate any impact the course might have on the park. Go Ape will also indemnify the county of course liability.
"Go Ape will draw users to the St. Louis area from two to three hours away – attracting people to yet another great destination in St. Louis County," said Anne Klein, the county's director of sustainability and assistant parks director. "As a regional destination, it will also drive secondary spending to local restaurants, shops, gas stations, etc."
The zip line will operate out of the building that is now Corporate Picnic Site 1. It is expected to generate between $45,000 and $60,000 revenue for the county park system within the first year of operation and up to $100,000 in subsequent years.