MOUNDSVILLE - Grand Vue Park officials said progress on the park's new canopy and zipline course is more visible than ever as crews construct the bridges and staircases.
During a recent meeting of the Marshall County Commission, Craig White, general manager for the park, said now that the poles to support the course are in place, the "art of building a zipline course" is on display as crews from Experiential Resources Inc. of Lahaina, Hawaii, construct the finer points of the course. White said work was briefly delayed recently, as two 75-foot poles had to be moved and replaced 20 feet from their original placement to ensure the angle of the course remained the same throughout.
White said poles for a barrier net near the entrance to the park also have been installed at the request from the West Virginia Department of Highways. As work continues on the course, he said, park officials are in the process of finding a van or shuttle to transport riders from the end of the course back to the beginning near the parking lot. Additionally, White said walking and bike trails below the main park shelter are closed while work continues.
Photo by J.W. Johnson Jr.
A portion of the canopy tour and zipline course at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville is nearing completion.
Earlier this week, the park began taking reservations for the canopy tour and team builder challenge. The first available date for reservations is July 9, according to the website.
The canopy tour features seven dual ziplines, as well as four suspension bridges, six ziplines less than 1,000 feet and eight ziplines 1,000 feet or longer. Additionally, a 2,400-foot zipline ride will be constructed, the longest such ride in the state, as well as a low ropes challenge course offering 11 features that will primarily be used for team building exercises.
The project will cost $562,000. Park officials hope the attraction will bring up to 15,000 people to the park annually and have been marketing the course within a three-hour radius. The tour and zipline ride have the ability to operate 10 months out of the year, weather permitting.