Tarzan would be proud. The soon-to-be open Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course has come to Texas, and it’s landed in Plano. If you want in on the action, expect to throw your fear of heights out the window.
After citizens expressed a desire for more outdoor recreational opportunities, the City of Plano delivered. Plano’s Superintendent over Outdoor Recreation, Ron Smith, explained that through due process Go Ape was selected to build and operate a course located just south of the lake in Oak Point Park.
Made up of numerous rope ladders and 39 crossings, Oak Point Park’s Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course has five individual courses with some treetop platforms as high as 40 feet. Go Ape’s Managing Director Dan D’Agostino said the outdoor experience provides participants with two to three hours of outdoor fun and exercise, giving guests the unique opportunity to experience Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve in a new and adventurous way.
Go Ape is designed to suit a variety of skill levels, but participants must be at least 10 years or older and 4’7” or taller. (There is also a weight limit of 285 lbs.) And not to worry, guests are given 30 minutes of safety training where they show you how to use the equipment and how the course operates.
Talk about taking in the scenery! The multi-course treetop adventure swings participants over walking trails and zips them over several portions of Rowlett Creek that cuts right through center of the course, said Matt Tarver, Go Ape Plano’s site manager.
But the Plano Go Ape course benefits the city in more ways than fun. It will generate additional jobs for the region, and a portion of every ticket sale goes back to the park. According to D’Agostino, each Go Ape Treetop Adventure course supports the park and local community in which it is based.
Keeping it local is important to Plano residents, and with the addition of this new amenity, according to Smith, “more people will come to know Oak Point Park and the benefits associated with spending time outdoors and in nature.”
During Go Ape’s opening weekend, Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, kids 10 to 15 years old gain free admission with an accompanying adult paid admission. (One participating adult 18 years or older is required to supervise up to two 10 to 15 year olds.) Go Ape highly suggests that you book your visit online before stopping by to ensure that you don’t experience long wait times. Parking for Go Ape shares the same lot with the Oak Point Park Nature Preserve. Visitors should report to the Go Ape portable building; a permanent Go Ape visitor cabin is planned for the future.Go Ape Website >