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Innovative Leisure installs major high ropes course at Edinburgh Zoo
Attraction brings new form of family fun to famous Scottish venue for 2010
Featuring a range of challenges, the new Sky Trail offers a brand new form of family entertainment to the zoo and is the first installation of its type to be completed by Innovative Leisure in a UK zoo. The structure blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape with its jungle theming and having been finished in outdoor wilderness style colours, while also incorporating materials such as hessian rope and cedar wood to complete the overall effect.
The attraction has been installed adjacent to the award-winning £6 million Budongo Trail chimpanzee enclosure, providing participants with a 'chimps eye view' of the enclosure and perhaps a chance to imitate some of the climbing exploits of the adjacent inmates.
The Sky Trail Discovery 10 pole at Edinburgh Zoo takes up to 25 participants at any one time, providing an hourly throughput of approximately 100. It can open with a minimum of two staff rising to three or four when at full capacity. Suitable for anyone over 1.1m in height, those up to 1.3m must be accompanied by an adult but those above 1.3m are able to negotiate the course on their own.
The trail consists of an 80m long track, 6m above the ground, and provides a fun, exciting, challenging, 'dangerous yet safe' experience carried out in perfect safety with the use of a continuous belay system throughout the course. A series of testing elements suitable for all skill levels make up the course and, unlike on some other high ropes courses, participants are able to pass slower users at intermediate platforms using a unique node connection system, thus helping to maintain good throughput.
"We are delighted to have had the opportunity to install our first major high ropes course in such a prestigious location," commented Innovative Leisure Managing Director Phil Pickersgill. "It's a truly impressive structure and blends in perfectly with its surroundings, with the special theming chosen and the materials used. Having it right next to the chimpanzee enclosure adds further to the experience too and is obviously highly appropriate.
"Fun, exciting, physically challenging activities such as those provided by major high ropes courses have grown massively in popularity with those who take part and, in the case of children and young teens, their parents, who see them as offering a healthy alternative to other, less active options," he added.
Also delighted with the installation is Edinburgh Zoo's Commercial Director Gary Wilson, who said: "The first reviews from the public are all saying that they think the Sky Trail is fantastic and they will come back to the zoo just to have another go. It is also very positive for the zoo to have this type of play equipment beside a chimpanzee enclosure where the kids can interact with the chimps in the same way the chimps play in the trees. The chimps also seem to be very interested in all that is going on and they too look to be stimulated by the experience as well as all who have a go on it."
The new Sky Trail Discovery is one of a range of major high ropes courses offered by Innovative Leisure, which distributes the attractions in the UK on behalf of US manufacturer Ropes Courses, Inc. Hourly capacities of up to 500 people and one or two levels are possible, while the many different elements incorporated into the attractions are interchangeable, so that the courses can be altered at regular intervals to refresh, update or further develop where required. Full theming options are also available, such as pirate and construction themes.
The major high ropes courses available from Innovative Leisure are suitable for a wide variety of venues, including theme parks, zoos, safari parks, holiday resorts, FECs and many more.
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