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New Attraction opens at Lopez Lake

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Staff Report
December 19, 2014

Vista Lago Adventure Park, the first new attraction at Lopez Lake Recreation Area in decades, officially opened Thursday.

The side-by-side high-ropes challenge course and zipline park offers more than 50 elements of varying difficulty, from the Lower Course for beginners to the upper Double Black Diamond course, according to co-owners Scott Schirmer and Bill Thoming.

Four ziplines totaling more than 2,100 feet include two high-speed lines out to Vista Lago Point. The park also includes a 40-foot free fall called Quick Jump.

Schirmer and Thoming said they hope the park will not only be fun but also intellectually stimulating, promoting “education through adventure,” which they said is the overall goal for the parent company they created, EcoLearn LLC.

“We’re hoping to get people outside away from video games and television,” Thorning said.

Adventurers on the high-ropes courses wear harnesses hooked to safety wires and face a series of such challenges as wobbly bridges and cargo nets held up by wooden poles.

Lower course challenges are suspended 10 feet to 15 feet above the ground, while the upper course extends to 35 feet in height.

After participants cross each challenge, they can rest on wooden platforms. After about 10 challenges, they reach a large platform with railings where they may rest before climbing down or riding out on a zipline.

Admission prices are $12 for a one-time pass through the lower course, a single zipline ride or a Quick Jump. For $55, visitors get 2 1/2 hours of unlimited upper course and zipline use.

For the winter months, Vista Lago will be open Thursday through Sunday but will move to an extended schedule for spring and summer.

Hours each day will vary.

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