INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis' permanent zip line opened a year ago this month at Eagle Creek Park, and 24-Hour News 8 recently checked back to see how it's working.
It is Thursday afternoon in Eagle Creek Park. The sound of zip lines and laughter echo from the trees near the New Earth Discovery Center in a small corner of the park.
"My roommates' boyfriend wanted her to do something fun for graduation, so he bought her four tickets for the four of us," says Jillian Smith.
She is with a group of four women, all graduating from medical or dental school in a couple of days, making their way through the Go Ape course.
Zipping and climbing. Tackling the obstacles and their fears.
Getting groups like this into Eagle Creek is exactly what Indy Parks had in mind when they gave the green light a year ago to Go Ape.
"This fits nicely without disturbing nature and we've found it to be very popular and see it as a long term relationship," says Maureen Faul of Indy Parks.
According to Go Ape CEO, Dan D'Augustino, 14,000 people paid to take the course the first year. It's good, he says, considering the season was shortened because the course didn't open until the end of May.
He says the popularity of the zip line at the Super Bowl helped. Still, that was a $10, 30-second ride. This costs $55 for adults $35 for kids, but lasts for a couple of hours or more..
And the company and Indy Parks are counting on people like Carrye Troyer, who conquered her fears, to spread the word.
"I'm afraid of heights but I had good friends to help me through. And I made it and I'm glad I did it," she says.
D'Augustine told 24-Hour News 8 there are no plans to expand the course this year. But if it's a good year, they would consider adding a children's course, like they have at other locations.
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