UK adventure attractions specialist, Innovative Leisure, has announced the opening of a new Sky Trail high ropes course and climbing tower at Mote Park Outdoor Adventure. At the new installation in Maidstone, visitors can explore two levels of high ropes adventure above a dinosaur themed mini golf and test their limits on the 10m tall static climbing tower.
The Outdoor Adventure facility is part of a wider regeneration project by Maidstone Borough Council to boost visitor numbers to the park which already sees over one million visitors a year, the project also included a new playground which opened earlier this year with a visitor centre and café due to open later in 2020.
Mote Park already has a lot to offer with 460 acres of park to explore, a large lake with a Watersports Centre and a Leisure Centre on the edge of the park. With the addition of new attractions like the high ropes course and climbing tower, the council are looking to make Mote Park a destination people can spend the day and discover new activities each time.
The Sky Trail course has a capacity of 47 people at a time and has a high throughput thanks to the patented overhead continuous belay system as participants are able to overtake on platforms and choose their own path around the course. The freedom to explore at their own pace means the course is suitable for those new to challenging themselves at height and the adventurous alike with opportunities for repeat play as customers return to take on the more difficult elements they may have avoided on their previous visit.
The climbing tower allows 4 climbers at a time to push themselves to reach the top, 10 metres from the ground supported by specialist hydraulic auto belays.
Fran Wallis, Local Economy Project Officer for Maidstone Borough Council, said “The Sky Trail high ropes experience is exactly what we wanted in this area to bring it to life. It complements the other play offers and appeals to a wide range of age groups. We recently took part in a corporate session and it proved popular amongst my colleagues. The council have been very happy with support and advice from Innovative Leisure over the years they have been involved designing, planning and installing the equipment. They have also assisted Serco, our operating partner, with specialist staff training.”
James Reynolds, Serco Leisure’s Contract Manager for the facility added: “We’re delighted with Mote Park Outdoor Adventure Zone. It’s been a pleasure supporting the Council with their vision, and working with the guys at Innovative Leisure to get the facility built, and up and running
Phil Pickersgill, MD at Innovative Leisure commented “About six years ago MBC approached us with the idea of the Mote Park Outdoor Adventure area. It has been a pleasure to support them along the journey to final completion of the facility. It is also wonderful to see this open now and being enjoyed by the local community.”
Photographs courtesy of Mote Park Adventure