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June 14, 2013

Equipped to zip

France Park's new zip line to open soon

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Hellyer said he is looking forward to being able to offer the attraction to the park's visitors this summer.

"It's an exciting new attraction and I think a lot of people will enjoy the ride once they can get over the initial adrenaline rush of getting on it," he said. "It's beautiful going across that quarry."

Experiential Systems has been installing recreational equipment for the last 30 years, said Tim Rhodes, operations manager with the company. Taking jobs mostly in the Midwest, the company has also installed equipment in California, Arizona and Italy.

Along with zip lines; climbing walls, climbing towers and ropes courses are all a part of Experiential's repertoire. The company provides training for its equipment as well.

"We do a fair amount of zip lines," Rhodes said, estimating that the one in France Park broke a company record. "We've done some thousand-footers, but 1,400 I think is the longest we've done."

The zip line's span and location made for a unique project, Rhodes went on to say.

"The length and it being over a quarry is pretty cool," he said. "I know one of our guys is talking about the big fish that live in the lake that you can see as you zip over the top, which is pretty cool as well."

Workers from Experiential Systems will be returning today for adjustments, Beach said, followed by the completion of staff training next week.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

France Park zip line About 100 feet high About 1,400 feet long Speeds of about 30 to 45 mph

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