This summer, the community will have the opportunity to experience Fontenelle Forest on a whole new level.
With zip lining, rope courses and obstacle courses high in the trees, Fontenelle Forest, located at 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., will introduce Adventure Park June 1 after 12 weeks of construction throughout the spring.
According to the forest’s website, the Adventure Park is a family-focused outdoor attraction for ages 4 through adults that allows guests to test their limits with balance, agility and height all while moving at their own pace.
With four levels of courses, the park will offer a variety of challenges for those with different abilities.
There will be a yellow course for beginners with platforms 10-15 feet high, a green course for intermediate participants with platforms 20 feet off the ground, a blue course for the more advanced that has platforms 35 feet high and finally a black course for those looking for a challenge with a platform of 40 feet high.
The park, which will be located directly behind the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, is being constructed by the Adventure Development Team, a national company that specializes in building eco-friendly aerial experiences.
Surrounding neighbors, however, have some concerns about the addition to the forest.
Mary Beth Bruckner, who lives on Grandview Avenue immediately west of the forest’s Bellevue Boulevard entrance, said she is concerned about the well-being of the forest.
“I’m afraid the feel of the forest will be forever changed. To me, the forest is a quiet place to observe wildlife and appreciate nature,” she said.
“I think it will be hard to do that with the installation of this adventure park.”
Aside from the serenity of the park, Bruckner said she believes traffic will become an issue.
While forest officials declined to comment, the Q&A page on their website addressed the concerns.
According to the website, the forest anticipates minor increases in traffic even during peak times.
The Q&A page states: “We are working to solve any minor parking issues that may arise from adding a new experience at the Forest, and do not anticipate major congestion on Bellevue Boulevard due to the limited number of reservations for the Adventure Park at any given time.”
To combat congestion, according to the website, Fontenelle Forest is working to add an overflow parking area northwest of the Nature Center on Bellevue Boulevard.
Bruckner, however, doesn’t see the new parking addition happening any time soon she said.
“I’m afraid they will probably take a wait-and-see approach. In the meantime, we will see increased traffic and parking along our quiet streets,” she said.
The new lot will potentially hold an extra 150 cars to aid not only Adventure Park visitors but also events at the forest.
The forest, according to its website, doesn’t believe facility visitors will have a hindered experience or neighbors will be affected because of the new addition.
Though the Forest has not released an official cost of Adventure Park admission, the website says there will be a fee in addition to the general cost of admission to Fontenelle Forest.
There will, however, be member discounts available.
For more information, visit fontenelleforest.org/visit/adventurepark.