Zip line, ropes course coming to Paine Field Community Park

By Nicholas Johnson | Feb 08, 2017
Courtesy of: Richard Patton Snohomish County officials and representatives of High Trek Ventures broke ground Feb. 3 on zip line and ropes course project due to be completed by April.

Snohomish County broke ground Feb. 3 on construction of an aerial adventure ropes course with zip lines at Paine Field Community Park in south Everett.

The three-level, 50-foot-tall course is due to open in April on the north end of the park, where county officials had previously planned to put a soccer field.

“We expect this new adventure course will increase tourism to Paine Field and help us strengthen our local economy,” County Council Chair Brian Sullivan said.

The county expects to generate nearly $500,000 in revenue over 12 years through its partnership with High Trek Ventures of Redmond, which is investing about $1.25 million and will manage the course once it’s built.

“This is an ideal public-private partnership that will deliver another exciting recreational opportunity for our community and also generate revenue for our parks system,” County Executive Dave Somers said. “I’m a big fan of zip lines and look forward to the fun.”

The course is being built by Challenge Towers Aerial Adventures of Todd, North Carolina. It’s expected to feature more than 60 obstacles and nearly 900-feet of zip lines, the longest of which being 320 feet, according to a proposal the company submitted to the county in July 2016.

Modeled after aerial adventure parks in Yellowstone, Montana and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the course would accommodate climbers of various skill levels and feature challenges appropriate for children as young as 4.

Climbers would get a tutorial from staff before forging their own adventures, all the while remaining strapped into a full-body harness and locked onto a safety line.

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