The Fairfax County Park Authority just welcomed one of the coolest new attractions to Fairfax County. Go Ape! is a brand new, and first of its kind in Fairfax County, woodland obstacle, and zip line course. Go Ape! invites you to “Live Life Adventurously” – and they give you the chance to do just that. This is a place where you can challenge yourself to do something new or spend an incredible day with your family, friends, or co-workers.
Several years ago, the possibility of bringing this to Fairfax County came to the Park Authority. While the first thought was to put it in a different park, South Run soon emerged as the best fit. South Run is one of the epicenters of active recreation in the county. The ReCenter has a pool and provides the opportunity for people to work out, take classes or sign up for summer camps. There are also three full size and two small sided rectangular fields and two diamonds. There’s an awesome playground, an indoor turf field, tennis courts, and miles of trails.
And this focus on active recreation makes Go Ape! a natural addition. The new course was carefully integrated into the park’s topography so customers can explore the canopy while enjoying great views. Trails below the course allow people to cheer on their friends in the trees and gives them a chance to see what they are missing.
This was also very special because it is a public-private partnership. Go Ape! and the Park Authority did this with no cost to the tax payer. Even better, it not only brings a new recreational opportunity to the community, it also creates a new revenue stream for the Park Authority.
Thursday’s ribbon cutting included Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity, Park Authority Director Kirk Kincannon, South Run manager Dave Fallert, and Go Ape! managing director Chris Swallow. Fellow park authority board members Tim Hackman and Mary Cortina were there as was Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay.
These are the pictures from the Park Authority’s official Flickr account: