AN outdoor adventure park at South Barrule plantation is taking shape, and is due to open to the public in the first week of May.
It will feature a low ropes course, a big stand-alone zipwire, and Monkeys Climbing Hardware – which turns any tree into a climbing wall.
Towards the end of the summer, attention will then turn into the high ropes area, which it is hoped will be completed by the end of the year.
The brainchild of the project is Steve Salter, who stepped down from his role as Unite regional industrial organiser last year.
He said: ‘It is looking like it is coming together nicely.
‘We just need a bit of luck and the weather to stay nice and we should get the first part of the project done so we can open in the first week of May.’
A lot of the cables needed for the low ropes course are in place and some of the obstacles have been installed. A raised decking area has been completed, while woodchip paths are being laid. A log cabin is soon to be built.
Mr Salter said following high demand from parents, he planned to run a summer scheme for children. Meanwhile, it is hoped that the climbing will appeal to adults looking for a team-building exercise.
He praised the three youngsters, previously not in education, employment or training, who had worked hard in all weathers on the project, and have been promised full-time jobs in May.
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Sunday 26 May 2013
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