Go Ape, KCParks Partnership a Win for Park Goers, Outdoors Enthusiasts and Mother Nature

Go Ape, KCParks Partnership a Win for Park Goers, Outdoors Enthusiasts and Mother Nature

Go Ape LogoGo Ape’s Second Treetop Adventure in Missouri set to open in Spring: Residents of the Kansas City metro area will have the chance to swing from the trees this spring thanks to a new partnership between Kansas City Parks and Recreation and Go Ape, the nation’s premier treetop adventure course company.

Beginning construction in January of this year, the new seven-acre high-ropes and zip line course will be located Swope Park and will offer visitors a two to three hour trek through the forest canopy. It will be Go Ape’s first course to features a double Tarzan swing, a tall rope swing from 30 feet that safely ends in a cargo net. Other features include rope ladders, five zip lines of up to 500 feet long, and more than 40 other challenging and fun obstacles situated more than 40 feet in the air.

“We’re thrilled to have this partnership with Kansas City,” says Go Ape Managing Director Dan D’Agostino. “This will be a unique outdoor experience for residents and visitors alike. It’s ideal for friends and family outings, corporate team building, and anyone who enjoys a challenge. We hope to get all metro area residents up in the trees.”

Go Ape Treetop Adventure courses inject fun and exhilaration into everyday life by giving guests the unique opportunity to experience the outdoors in a new and adventurous way. All Go Ape courses are designed to allow for a wide variety of skill levels, offering a balanced mixture of challenge and fun.

With a Grand Opening scheduled for April 9, 2016, the course at Swope Park will be the Go Ape’s fourteenth course in the United States and its second in Missouri, the first being at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis. With a 100% capital investment from Go Ape to build the Treetop Adventure course, Kansas City Parks and Recreation will share in the revenue derived from all ticket sales. Go Ape estimates that approximately 70 percent of its guests are new park visitors, and that park partners generally see an increase in visitors by as much as 25 percent.

“This partnership represents the exciting new ways that we’re working to grow the local and regional attendance at our parks,” said Mark L. McHenry, KC Parks Director. “The adventure course will give residents and visitors an opportunity to get outside and enjoy Kansas City’s largest park, experiencing views of the park that they’ve never seen before.”

Go Ape Treetop Adventure courses offer a first-hand forest ecosystem experience, while also providing exercise, team building and personal confidence building skills. Participants gain access to forest canopies in a low-impact way, allowing them to experience and gain an appreciation for the forest’s richly diverse ecosystem.

Additionally, Go Ape supports the park and local communities in which their courses are based by taking part in park cleanups, non-native invasive plant removal, and by donating free and discounted tickets to underserved and special needs groups. Last year, Go Ape donated more than $620,000 in free and reduced-price tickets to local community groups.

Physical Location: Swope Park, 7331 Oakwood Rd. Kansas City, Mo. 64132

About Go Ape
Go Ape’s mission is to encourage everyone to live life adventurously while treading lightly in the most beautiful places and spaces in the US. A Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor experience that provides participants 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise. Courses allow participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings. A love of the outdoors and our desire to share that passion demands that we take care of our little corner of the forest.  From donating our time and resources to local community and environmental groups to providing a unique view from the treetops, we strive to be socially and environmentally responsible. All of Go Ape’s U.S. courses are located in public parks and giving back to the parks and community is a significant aspect of our values.