Phoenix Experiential Design is building the first phase of the new Reach for the Sky canopy walk at Hidden Lake Gardens, a 750-acre property owned by Michigan State University in Tipton, Mich., that has miles of hiking trails, a conservatory, gardens, and more.
The marquee element of phase one is a 700-foot-long suspension bridge that spans a “kettle hole” depression, which drops to 60 feet below the bridge at its deepest point. The walking surface of the bridge is made from a fiberglass grid, providing visitors with a clear view of how far they are above the forest floor.
The elevated attraction will be ADA accessible, with ramps and platforms on either end for access and viewing. Reach for the Sky is expected to open to the public in spring 2023.
According to a story by NPR affiliate Michigan Radio, the aim of the project is to attract more people to Hidden Lake Gardens, which doesn’t experience much visitation for several reasons, including the public not being sure if it’s open to the public. It is, of course, and by installing the canopy walk attraction, officials hope to introduce more people to all the property has to offer.
Phase two will include an ADA accessible 10-story treetop tower.