Tree-Mendous has signed an agreement with the Bronx Zoo in New York City to design and build three aerial attractions at the historic park. The ground breaking will take place in December 2016.
The aerial adventure park will be located on the southeast side of the zoo. Three starting decks will lead to seven courses ranging from easy to very difficult. According to Tree-Mendous, “The build and design will maintain the integrity and beauty of the forest and the landscape.”
Double racing zips will be installed, soaring riders 45 feet above the Bronx River on 375 feet of cable. Participants will launch from the west bank of the river, zip across, and then return on a second set of racing zip lines.
“It’s an amazing river, but not everybody gets to see it,” said Sue Chin, the vice president of planning and design and chief architect at the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo. “Certainly they don’t get the experience of seeing it this way.”
The zip line and the aerial adventure park will operate with the Edelrid smart belay system. Both attractions will be open to the general public, not just zoo visitors. Each will have two entrances—on from inside the zoo, and a second to allow access directly from public transportation and the Bronx River Parkway.
The third element of the project is the “Nature Trek,” a netted attraction to be built on the southwest side of the zoo. The attraction will feature twelve towers and “Indiana Jones Bridges” with moving logs and rope bridges. Nature Trek will be fully netted so younger participants can enjoy the course without the need for a harness. The course will also be ADA accessible.
All three attractions are scheduled to open in 2017.