In Florida, the Hernando County Commission took extra steps to ensure the success of its planned aerial adventure course by providing financial incentives to the builder, TreeUmph Adventure Course of nearby Manatee County.
As part of the deal, the county is offering TreeUmph! low rent of $100 per year for the first two years. The county also will pay for $650,000 worth of infrastructure on the site including parking, picnic areas, fencing, and planning fees. In turn, TreeUmph! will make a $1.1 million investment in building the park. At the end of two years, TreeUmph! has an option to buy the land for $100, provided it pays back all of the other incentives given by the county.
The park is expected to draw 25,000 to 40,000 guests annually and is projected to generate $2.35 million in economic impact. That includes more than $1 million in local consulting and construction services, $750,000 in payroll, supplies and materials, and $500,000 of revenue expected to be generated from visitors.
With a grand opening set for November 2016, the park will be built on 47 acres owned by Hernando County and will include 60 to 80 individual obstacles, 4,000 feet of trails and a 100-space parking lot. The installation will create up to 30 full- and part-time jobs in the county in its first year.