Go Ape received the green light from municipal officials to bring a new adventure park to Blackburn in the United Kingdom borough of Lancashire. The park will feature high ropes, zip lines, and suspension bridges. It is scheduled to open by Easter 2023.
The company estimates that the project will cost roughly £200,000 (about $239,000) and will create 21 jobs at the 480-acre green belt open space in Witton Country Park. Part of the plan includes replacing an old bathroom facility with “a timber-clad shipping container” that will be used as the guest reception area, gear storage, and staff office, according to a BBC report.
The project was unanimously approved by the Darwen Council planning committee after Darwen East Liberal Democrat councilor Paul Browne was told that no trees would be removed during the development of the land. It has been described as a “major potential tourist attraction” by both council leader Phil Riley and Conservative opposition group leader John Slater.
Go Ape already operates eight parks in the UK and has another 16 locations in 12 states across the U.S.