NEW Zoo’s Adventure Park set to open next month

SUAMICO – Hey, adrenaline junkies!

There’s less than a month to go until you can take a spin on some high-flying features at Brown County’s Reforestation Camp. County leaders say the taxpayer-funded Adventure Park project is coming in under budget.

It’s billed as a place to have some family fun – and do so high above the ground.

“Quite the experience,” said the park’s director Neil Anderson.

Separate from the zoo itself, the features include two, 1000-foot-long “racing” zip-lines. Those start on top of the Reforestation Camp’s 50-foot-tall fire tower.

There’s also a multi-level aerial ropes course and a forty-foot-tall climbing tower.

The $500,000 project is funded through surplus money in the county budget.

“We are under budget right now and we expect to finish up under budget,” said NEW Zoo & Adventure Park’s director Neil Anderson at a press conference Tuesday, updating the project. “And we got not only what we wanted, but I think we got more than what we wanted out of it.”

What the county will get out of you for using the park varies. For example, the climbing wall is $7 for anyone older than 8 years old, the ropes course is $8 and the zip line is $10.

However, you can buy a package for all three, and people with zoo passes can get a discount.

“We got to pay our bills for this and looking at other facilities, we think we have the best deal around.”

Everything is built and ready to go, but you’ll have to wait before you try them out. The park is slated to open May 7.

A cultural amenity

Anderson says the addition of the Adventure Park, to the NEW Zoo is just a part of the Reforestation Camp’s re-branding, as a catalyst to bring more people to the area.”

“Not only the 43 acres the zoo is on, and the few acres that the adventure park is on, but they’re going to see the whole 1,600 acres.”

And all of the trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and skiing – on top of the newest addition. The county approved the Adventure Park funding for the project last year.

“Should the county be getting into the tourism business like this?” FOX 11’s Bill Miston asked Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

“Well, I think we play an important role, as far as the many cultural institutions the county operates,” Streckenbach replied.

Amenities, Streckenbach says attracts people to the area – ultimately catching their money now and in the future.

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