High Hopes for New Ropes at Colin Glen Trust
Colin Glen Trust has officially announced the launch of an exciting new high ropes course at Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Due to be finished at the beginning of June, this unique activity centre will be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will provide an exciting and distinctive recreational offering for local people and visitors to the area.
Having secured investment from a number of different funders including Biffaward, Alpha, and Lagan Rural Partnership, Colin Glen Trust undertook a comprehensive process of consultation and planning with a building contract finally being awarded to the world renowned Bulgarian company, Walltopia. Walltopia, who specialise in the construction of artificial climbing walls and climbing apparatus, have constructed in over 35 countries and are extremely excited about bringing their unique design to Northern Ireland for the first time ever.
The ropes course will be 15 meters in height and participants will have the opportunity to choose from a high ropes course at 15 meters or a lower, less daunting course at 5 meters. The course offers numerous team building and ground-based activities along with an incredible power fan descender, climbing wall and a unique double 65 meter zip line which sets it apart from anything else available in Ireland and is guaranteed to provide a thrilling experience.
The course will serve as an active outdoor adventure but will also be well configured to serve as an educational tool. It will cater for a large variety of people ranging from young children and families to veteran ‘adrenaline junkies’ and fitness fanatics. It is perfect for corporate events and will be highly useful for effective team building in local organisations and businesses.
Colin Glen High Ropes Course will also promote active outdoor learning and assist in mental and physical development for everyone, engaging learners through motivational, dynamic delivery of tasks from a team of highly skilled individuals. The team employed will deliver quality outdoor learning which will also be highly beneficial for schools. The experience will force students outside of their individual ‘comfort zones’ as they learn to work as a team in a challenging outdoor environment. It will enable students to learn essential skills which will prepare them for education, employment and life.
The project will enhance the West Belfast area by increasing tourism and providing economic support with a huge influx of visitors expected from all over Ireland and the UK. Mr Pat McCann from Lagan Rural Partnership commented “We are very proud to support such a dynamic and exciting project and believe that it will assist in our on-going efforts to improve the local socio-economic environment. Colin Glen High Ropes Course will be a fantastic addition to Northern Ireland tourism and we are proud of our involvement in the project.”
Furthermore, the new outdoor adventure site at Colin Glen Forest Park will assist in the campaign to tackle on-going anti-social behaviour by providing youths with an affordable, fun and attractive place to visit. For a number of years, Colin Glen Forest Park has been synonymous with anti-social behaviour and vandalism, thus it will have a massive impact on efforts to eliminate this and in turn raise the profile of what is a stunning forest park. Colin O’Neill, Chief Executive of Colin Glen Trust believes that “It will be an excellent way to bring life into Belfast hills and to extend the use of the park”.
The high ropes course will be facilitated by an online website which will be an excellent source of information and will present visuals of the project from the moment building work commences. This will also be supported by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter which will provide an interactive medium for potential visitors. Visitors can use the website to book a range of activities ranging from £5 – £20 using a debit or credit card. The website is due to go live in May and anyone planning to take a visit to Colin Glen High Ropes Course is encouraged to make prior bookings due to the expected high demand.
Contact Maeve Fearon for further information, interview or pictures via email [email protected] or call 02890 614115.