SUAMICO – With the weather warming up, there’s now a new adventure for people to try in Brown County.
The NEW Zoo’s Adventure Park opened Wednesday.
Governor Scott Walker admits he likes a bit of a rush. He says that is what he got, joining Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach on the zip line at the new park.
“It’s a lot of fun and I think if two old guys like Troy and I can have fun on the way down, I can only imagine what teenagers are going to have as they compete against each other,” said Walker.
Teenagers from Bay Port High School got their chance at the new park, which also includes a climbing wall and ropes challenge course.
“Kind of a healthy adventure, have fun, challenge yourself to different things you haven’t had an opportunity and it’s something new in the area,” said Neil Anderson of the NEW Zoo.
It cost $500,000 to build the park. The money came from a surplus in the county budget. Revenue from the park will go toward maintaining county facilities.
“So this is a long-term strategy about, one, creating a regional destination for tourism, but also at the same time creating a mechanism that helps us fund and maintain some of our great community assets,” said Streckenbach.
One of those assets is the zoo, which hopes to broaden its customer base with the new addition.
“This is a perfect complement to the zoo because it keeps all the teenage kids excited, involved, close to the zoo, so that they can make their family memories here as well,” said Anderson.
For now, hours and days are limited for the adventure park. However, starting in June, it’ll be open seven days a week, during zoo hours.
You can pay separately for each section of the park, or experience it all for $23.