Alaska Ropes Course Sitting in Limbo


A ropes course and other activities in Juneau, Alaska, may sit idle this summer due to lax management. The city has taken over temporary management of the Eagle Valley Center after the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) stopped operations amid financial difficulties. SAGA has been managing the city-owned center since 1992.

SAGA’s manager left last year, but the association retained a caretaker and performed minimal maintenance. Kirk Duncan, Juneau’s parks and recreation director, said the caretaker recently left and didn’t notify the city.

The city has since assumed control of the center, but Duncan said it won’t be running any programs. “The city is hard pressed to take on any new obligations without adequate funding,” Duncan told the Juneau Empire.

A private operator, though, could change that. Duncan said it’s a good asset to the community, and he’s open to the idea of the city partnering with an organization for management.


The poles and cables.

“The poles and the cables are still in the ground and in the air,” Duncan said. “So if somebody came to me and said, ‘We want to manage the ropes course. We will provide the equipment. We will market it. We want to operate it. We have adequate insurance. We have people that are trained.’ I’d be all over it.”


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Troy Hawks contributes to Adventure Park Insider, Ski Area Management, and a variety of other publications and websites. He has held editorial positions at business magazines serving outdoor sports and recreation as well as manufacturing and textiles. Most recently he was communications manager for the National Ski Areas Association and editor of the NSAA Journal. He also serves as a communications consultant for several clients. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he now lives in Denver, Colo.

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