Adventure awaits in Brookville
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 01:09
A new outdoor attraction in Brookville, Ind. welcomes visitors with a fiberglass marquee that reads, “YOU WON’T DO IT.”
Outdoor adventure entrepreneurs Curtis Ward and his two brothers Zach and Danny Ward have been offering an experience quite like flying, except secured to a cable, since the beginning of September when they opened Skyward Adventures, a zip lining park in Brookville, Ind.
“We started building in mid-June and finished right before Labor Day weekend, when we opened,” Curtis said.
A family member’s zip lining experience in Hawaii inspired the three brothers to create another way for locals and tourists to enjoy the outdoors, according to the brothers.
“There’s just no one else around here who does this,” Curtis said, “Brookville has the canoeing and the lake, just nothing like this.”
Curtis said his brothers worked nearly18-hour days throughout the summer, sometimes working past midnight, to meet their project’s deadline.
“There were so many people who told us that what we wanted to do simply wasn’t possible,” Danny said.
Initially, the zoning board, which manages the designation of properties which range from residential to industrial and commercial, warned the brothers the land could not be re-zoned to recreational before their desired opening date. The brothers also said the builders who were constructing the poles for the zip lines and platforms also said they would not meet their projected deadline.
But the brothers’ understanding of construction, passed down by their father, allowed them to pick up the builders’ slack and finish on time, according to Danny.
“We’re fast learners,” Zach said.
The 30-acre facility, which lies just west of Brookville on St. Rt. 52, touts more than 4000 feet of Korean-made aircraft cable. The brothers constructed a system that breaks the process down in what Curtis said is a two and a half hour tour. The tour consists of a customer receiving a harness and helmet, and climbing a path to get to the top of the property’s hill.
There are two training lines to get participants acclimated to the methods of zip lining. The biggest line on the grounds is 400 feet long, on which zip liners reach speeds of 35 to 40 mph. The highest point is 65 feet in the air.
Skyward Adventures also offers a variety of experiences with the cables and wires. The participant must walk, while secured by harness, on wire and move from rope-to-rope, or across a wire bridge –not unlike tightrope walking. The real test, according to Danny, is when whoever is on the line must let go of their current rope to proceed to the next. The brothers call this a “spaghetti bridge.”
In conjunction with their recent opening, Curtis said Skyward Adventures will be offering a special every weekend in October. It will be $20 per person for a tour including zip lining with an option to add the final two lines for an extra fee, which features night-time zip lining. Walking on the ground between the lines during the October special will be a zombie-apocalypse themed haunted trail.
The normal price for “The Adventure Tour”, which includes all the lines on the property, is $70 per person according to Skyward Adventure’s Website.
“The best thing to see is the most serious person,” Danny said. “You get them up there on those lines and it’s like they’re a kid again.”