A new, one of a kind aerial park named, Snow Valley Aerial Park, will be opening in Edmonton on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The park will generally attract thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, but there is also a portion created at ground level for children aged four to six years.
There are three levels. The levels are marked by “challenge level” just as ski slopes are marked for skiers or snowboarders, but this is off-season, no snow. This is a great new project for summertime now that the snow eludes us, and puts the location to use during the skiers off-season, allowing us to still make good use of the location.
It is the first of its kind to be built in Canada. There are three in North America, including this one now. The others are in Nashville and Colorado. Global’s Shallima Maharaj, explains the aerial park’s three levels: “The 15-metre tall wood and rope structure, the height of a five-storey building, includes 30 different elements or obstacles on each level…It features 90 games on Levels One to Three and 19 games on the ground level for children”.
People are attached to a harness throughout, and guides who are trained specifically for safety will assist those maneuvering their way through the park. It is estimated that going through the entire aerial park will take two or three hours.
The aerial park is located at the Rainbow Valley Campground (also called Snow Valley) just off the Whitemud Freeway, and west of the Whitemud Equine Centre. It is designed by KristallTurm, North America, located out of Squamish, British Columbia.
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After Edmonton’s City Council agreed for plans to build the unique park, they were encouraged by the promotional aspects which represented it as a huge, adult-sized jungle gym that can accommodate 120 thrill-seekers at the same time.
Council wishes to reiterate the safety aspect to the public. Again, “Climbers wear safety harnesses as they step, straddle, and swing across various rope bridges and platforms”. It is proposed that a minimum level of fitness & familiarity with such an apparatus be in place before taking on the adult levels, though guides will be there every step of the way. And, of course, children are taken into consideration on the ground ropes portion, which is the lowest level.
City Council agreed to Snow Valley purchasing the K290 model, which along with the two cities in the U.S., has also been built in several European locations with a great amount of success.
This article was written by Donna Murchie.