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Go Ape At Freedom Park

UPDATE Jan 25 2012

Freedom Park in James City County VA will soon have a new  attraction !

The Board of Supervisors  agreed to allow Go Ape to put in a new zip line and high-ropes course.

Go Ape!, the Maryland-based company will pay to set up the challenge course and operate it  in the park. The agreement calls for rents that start at $2200 monthly and increase to approximately $50k annually after five years.

It also stipulates that all residents will receive a 10% discount . Admission is expected to cost  $55 for adults and  $35 for ages 10-17

Go Ape will pay for and install the entire course and a small cabin that will serve as their office.


imageA Rockville Maryland company is looking to open a Ropes and Zipline Adventure course at Freedom Park in James City County. The Board of Supervisors of James City County, Virginia, will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, January 24,  to consider a resolution to lease land in Freedom Park  to GoApeFreedomLLC

The company has another location in the Washington Dc area at  Rock Creek Regional Park, the Go Ape! course there is comprised of five distinct "stations." Each involves a combination of exercises in the trees — think rope ladders and rope bridges — ending with a zip-line.

The proposal in the works for Freedom Park is very similar to what they developed at Rock Creek park. In that park they built the course on approximately a 6-acre section of the Derwood park near Lake Needwood. Its courses, which are built 40 to 50 feet above the ground, utilize ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and zip lines.

imageGo Ape’s designers use natural materials to ensure the course blends into the environment and build adjustable platforms around trees so they are protected and can continue to grow,Most of the course will be located in the trees, but materials such as wood chips will be placed on the ground to minimize impact to the forest floor.

It should  take about two months to construct the course and the hope is to have it open in late Spring assuming its approved by the county.

Since its launch in the UK eight years ago, nearly 2 million people have monkeyed around in the trees of Go Ape courses.  Last year alone, one percent of the entire population in the UK tapped into their adventurous spirits and went swinging through the trees at one of the 26 Go Ape courses throughout the country.



Go Ape, the first of its kind in the U.S., is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  Spanning a length of more than seven football fields and with obstacles 40 feet above the ground, the course features a series of ziplines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops of Rock Creek Regional Park, located in Rockville, MD.

Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.  Approximately, eighty percent of Go Ape visitors come from personal referrals, showing that the Go Ape experience leaves a lasting impression on its tribe.

The origins of the American species of Go Ape began when D.C. natives, Dan and Jenny D’Agostino, experienced a Go Ape course while living abroad in London on corporate assignments.  They were immediately inspired to do something more in keeping with their own aspirations of living an adventurous life closer to nature, rather than in front of a computer screen. Together, they decided to launch Go Ape USA.

“Go Ape encourages people to live life adventurously! It takes participants beyond a traditional canopy tour or ropes course by empowering them with the skills needed to complete the course and then giving them the freedom to manage their own adventure,” said Dan D’Agostino, managing director of Go Ape USA.  “The course provides people with a unique outdoor adventure where they can let loose, see the park from a whole new vantage point and surprise themselves by what they were able to accomplish.  We are thrilled to be opening our first location in the U.S. and anticipate opening additional courses throughout the country in the near future.”

To learn more about Go Ape  visit www.goape.com


One Response

  1. Really exciting!!

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