2013-04-17


North Park’s Go Ape! Treetop Adventure Opening Planned for Saturday, April 20

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that the long-awaited opening of the Go Ape! Treetop Adventure in North Park is scheduled for this Saturday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m. in North Park (303 Pearce Mill Road, between the tennis courts and the boathouse).

“This is truly exciting news for Allegheny County residents and visitors who want an opportunity to zip and swing through our trees,” said Fitzgerald. “Thanks to the public-private partnership opportunity with Go Ape, we can now offer an experience in our park that we couldn’t have done on our own. I know that there will be many people living life adventurously who are excited about taking a look at North Park from 40 feet up.”

The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate more than 37 obstacles situated in the treetops of North Park. The course spans seven acres and features five ziplines, two Tarzan swings, and a series of ropes, ladders, bridges, swings and trapezes – many with view of the North Park lake.  Participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before being turned loose into the forest canopy.

The course was developed through a partnership between Allegheny County and Go Ape!, a treetop adventure company.  This is the company’s fourth U.S. location since 2010, and its first in Pennsylvania.  Owner Dan D’Agostino is thrilled with the opportunities:  “We’re thankful to have this opportunity to work with Allegheny County to bring this activity to North Park and we hope to get all Pittsburghers up in the trees.  This will be a unique outdoor experience for residents and visitors alike because it caters to all skill levels.  It’s ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school groups, scout events and church groups.”

Go Ape! has developed 33 courses and more than 3.2 million people have taken part in the experience. Go Ape! launched its first U.S. course in 2010 at Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD.  Since then, additional courses have been built in Williamsburg, VA and Indianapolis, IN and over 100,000 people have visited the courses to monkey around in the trees.  With Saturday’s opening, Go Ape! brings the same adventure to Allegheny County.

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To Book Reservations

To book treetime for opening weekend and beyond, go to World Wide Web Icon www.goape.com or call 800-971-8271

The cost is $35 (10-17 yrs old) and $55 (adults)

About Go Ape USA World Wide Web Icon (www.goape.com)

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  The courses, which can be completed in two to three hours, feature a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.  Catering to all skill levels, participants are encouraged to live life adventurously, push themselves and turn I can’t into I can.  To join the tribe, become a fan of Go Ape USA on Facebook or follow Go Ape USA on Twitter.   To see video of the Go Ape experience, visit the YouTube channel at  World Wide Web Icon  www.youtube.com/goapeusa.   

Editor’s Note: Media representatives are invited to take a complimentary swing through the Go Ape course during the 2013 season.  All participants must receive a training session, prior to starting the course. To book your complementary visit, please contact Carolyn Tunney at 443-365-0554.