by Cathy P. Ross
Apr 29, 2013
10:51 AM
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The Adventure Park at Storrs

 
The Adventure Park at Storrs

Anthony Wellman

Tree platforms and "aerial trails" under construction at the new Adventure Park at Storrs.

 

Things are looking up in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner with a new aerial park that's about to open in Storrs. The Adventure Park at Storrs, set to open on May 10, will open within a year of its sister site, the Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport.

     The park features a variety of zip-line and aerial rope courses that run through five wooded acres. The environmentally friendly activity (requires no motors or electric parts) is for fun seekers age 7 through adult.

     According to a press release sent out by Anthony Wellman, director of communications & sales for both parks, the Storrs park is the realization of a dream for local landowners and outdoor enthusiasts, Lynn Stoddard and her husband, Chris Kueffner. “When we purchased this land we hoped to find some way to use it in an eco-friendly manner,” Stoddard says. The couple contacted Southport-based Outdoor Ventures Group, which built the Bridgeport park as well as others like it at Catamount Ski Area in New York and in Sandy Springs, Maryland. Similar rope-climbing parks in Europe inspired the design.

     The Adventure Park at Storrs will offer five ropes courses of varying levels of difficulty that will require adventurers to cross bridges, climb rope ladders and glide across zip lines. The self-guided courses don’t require previous climbing experience. Climbers will proceed at their own pace on the courses, which can usually be completed in 15 to 30 minutes. A safety briefing will be given to all participants who will wear safety harnesses designed to keep them attached to the cables at all times. Staff members will be on-site continually to provide assistance or answer questions.

     Hours: Planned opening May 10 at 9 a.m. (call to verify). Regular hours will be 9:00 a.m. to dusk on weekends and selected holidays in the spring and fall (or any day to groups of 10 or more by advance reservation). Starting June 17, the park will be open 9:00 to dusk seven days a week throughout the summer.

     Admission prices are expected to be $38 for age 12 to adult; $33 for children 10 & 11 and $28 for children 7 to 9. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discount with advanced reservations. Friends and family who are not climbing will be admitted free and may walk the woodchip paths, take pictures and share the experience.

     Located at 2007 Storrs, Rd., Storrs. For more information, call 860/946-0606 or visit storrsadventurepark.com.

The Adventure Park at Storrs

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