Treetop Quest allows thrill-seekers to zip through Fairmount Park

Aerial adventure park opens this weekend

Hadas Kuznits
May 10, 2018 - 6:08 pm
Treetop Quest opens to the public in Fairmount Park on Saturday.

Hadas Kuznits | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you're looking for an outdoor adventure this weekend, look no further than Treetop Quest.

The park full of obstacle courses and zip lines opens to the public  in Fairmount Park on Saturday.

"We have swinging platforms, swinging logs, wooden platform bridges, a net chimney that you can climb through, obviously zip lines, punching bags — all kinds of crazy stuff," said Operations Manager Scott Ireland. "It’s entirely self-guided. We have five different levels and people can choose to do whatever level they want in the two-and-a-half hours that they are here."

The park weaves through the trees, which are regularly inspected by arborists to ensure they are healthy.

"The platforms are all help up by tension," he added. "We don't put any screws in the trees."

Of the 60 obstacles and 20 zip lines available, the longest zip line runs about 200 feet, and the obstacles stand about 60 feet off the ground.

For those more cautious or height-averse, safety comes first.

"They start off on our equipment deck. We put them in harnesses and then will bring them over to our practice course and teach them how to use all of their equipment," Ireland said.

They use a continuous belay system so you can't detach from the course. If you do fall, "the lanyard between you and the cable is only about 3 feet long," said Ireland, "so if you fall down just pick yourself back up onto the course and keep going."