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Carolyn Tunney
Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Beth Shockley
DNREC Public Affairs

GO APE and DNREC will build Delaware's first Treetop Adventure Course
Partnership will be Go Ape’s first with a state park system in the country

Go Ape and DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation (Delaware State Parks) are pleased to announce their public private partnership to bring the award winning Go Ape Treetop Adventure course experience to Lums Pond State Park in Bear. The course will allow participants to explore the forest canopy and pond at Lums Pond State Park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point, from 50 feet within the trees. When complete, the course will be the first of its kind in Delaware, and in the Philadelphia and Wilmington metropolitan areas, providing residents and tourists with a unique outdoor adventure.

“We are very excited that Go Ape is bringing its Treetop Adventure to Lums Pond, where children and adults will have a unique outdoor recreational experience,” said DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara. “This fits perfectly with Delaware’s commitment to providing healthy outdoor recreation and fun for our residents and visitors exploring our abundant natural resources.”

Go Ape is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy. The courses, which can be completed in two to three hours, feature a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes. Catering to all skill levels, participants are encouraged to push themselves and turn ”I can’t” into “I can.”

The build will begin in May for a planned summer 2013 opening, just in time for the summer. More information regarding the course and opening announcement will follow on Go Ape’s website, Facebook, and subsequent press releases. To see video of the Go Ape experience, visit Go Ape’s YouTube channel at .   

Course build will take place throughout May and June 2013

Go Ape Lums Pond State Park
1042 Howell School Road
Bear, Delaware 19701 


Go Ape’s mission is to encourage everyone to live life adventurously while supporting park departments across the country. To date, Go Ape has developed rewarding partnerships with park departments in Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA, Rockville, MD and Williamsburg, VA. Under each partnership, a portion of every ticket sold goes back to the respective park department while 100 percent of the capital investment is paid for by Go Ape. In addition, Go Ape leads park stewardship programs, develops educational signage, hosts yearly fundraisers to raise funds for the park and provides free and discounted tickets to underserved and special needs communities. Go Ape aligns its goals and activities to those of its park partners to encourage the sustainability and health of the parks and the communities they serve.

To join the tribe, become a fan of “Go Ape USA” on Facebook or follow @GoApeUSA on Twitter.  

Editor’s Note: Media representatives are invited to take a complimentary swing through the Go Ape course during the 2013 season. All participants must receive a 30-minute training session, prior to starting the course. To book your complementary visit, please contact Carolyn Tunney at 443-365-0554.

Vol. 43, No. 193

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