Winter Park Adventure Quest
Grand County’s only aerial adventure park is set to be open Friday, June 30 at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex.
Aerial adventure parks are part of the latest recreation craze that includes zip lines, but instead of taking a passive ride, visitors clip in to sophisticated self-guiding belay systems and explore multi-level obstacles built between platforms anchored on utility poles.
The park is owned and operated by Winter Park Adventure Quest, a family-owned local business. Igor Guziur and his wife, Cara McDonald, have created the business to answer demand for outdoor activities not just for visitors, but for locals, too—especially those with children. “There’s such a need in the valley for outdoor activities that are approachable,” says Guziur. “Not everyone can ride technical singletrack or hike a fourteener, but adventure parks get kids and families outside challenging themselves and having a great time.”
During the 90-minute adventure at the elevated park, thrill-seekers will have the chance to take part in 24 challenge elements that are 12 and 24 feet above the ground. These elements include rope bridges to cross, aerial tightropes to navigate, swinging log steps to negotiate and moving platforms to cross.
The park, though independently owned and operated, has come to fruition via collaboration with the Fraser Valley Recreation District, in keeping with their mission of expanding high-quality recreational offerings for the residents and visitors of the Fraser Valley. Winter Park Adventure Quest will work with the District to provide opportunities for local youth and entities to experience park play as well as team bonding and other curricula.
“The Rec District has been wonderful to work with, and we’ve been able to share a vision for adding a dynamic new activity at the Sports Complex,” says Guziur. “It’s about engaging our residents and visitors more in our existing amenities, and creating a real recreation destination.”
The regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day of the week but Fridays, when the park will be open until 7 p.m. offering pizza through a program called “Pie in the Sky.” starting at 5 p.m. The hours this Friday, are noon to 7 p.m.