Exploring the Trinity Forest From a Zipline

Aerial adventure park to open soon in Southern Dallas

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:46 PM CDT
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Visitors to the Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park will traverse six different courses of various skill levels by walking, climbing and zip lining between the platforms.

Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News

Visitors to the Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park will traverse six different courses of various skill levels by walking, climbing and zip lining between the platforms.

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The Trinity forest will soon feature an obstacle course in the air.

The Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park, which will open in early November, is made up of 70 platforms in trees and poles, connected by ropes, cable and wood. Visitors will traverse six different courses of various skill levels by walking, climbing and zip lining between the platforms.

The park is a new feature at the Southern Cross Party and Event Center on Dowdy Ferry Road north of Interstate 20, which has been available only for private parties in the past.

"We'll be open to the public," owner Brad Lee said. "We're going to market this as family fun. It's an outdoor gymnasium."

Special harnesses protect visitors from falls.

"We make sure that it's built to specifications above and beyond what might be counted as fail-safe," said Mark Hammers, course manager.

Hammers said all equipment will also be inspected daily.

It's the first park of its kind in North Texas, but the 10th aerial adventure park designed by John Ireland.

"It's not difficult to navigate but, at the same time, it's definitely physical activity," Ireland said. "Most people, at the end of one of these courses, feel like they've accomplished something. They're proud of it."

The main structure is finished. Staff members are training now to run the park, with opening planned in early November.

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