Go Ape high-wire theme park plan for Leeds’s Roundhay Park

The Go Ape attraction in North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest.
The Go Ape attraction in North Yorkshire's Dalby Forest.
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HIGH-WIRE adventure could be coming to Roundhay Park – along with 40 new jobs.

A Go Ape attraction with aerial zip wires and treetop rope climbing is being considered as part of a package that also includes improvements to the nearby nature attraction Tropical World, and to the bird garden at Lotherton Hall, and a city farm at Temple Newsam.

Leeds City Council’s executive board will consider the proposals when it meets next Wednesday.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon said: “We will be undertaking a detailed assessment to ensure that its design and location will be appropriate and fully in keeping with the ambience and atmosphere of the award-winning park.”

A council survey of 450 people at Roundhay Park saw 81 per cent supporting a Go Ape attraction in principle.

Ben Davies, head of business development at Go Ape, said: “We are planning to bring both our Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior experiences to Leeds, so anyone over one metre tall can participate on zip wires, swings and rope crossings.

“Go Ape is planning to invest over £300,000 in the courses as well as creating 40 jobs. If the plans go ahead it will bring a challenging, adventurous and fun activity to the heart of the city.”

Improvements to Tropical World will include transforming its “creature corner” into “an upper Aztec temple”, and the introduction of new animal species.

A second phase of improvements will see a revamp of the butterfly house and remodelling work on the rainforest house, desert house and nocturnal zone.

The bird garden at Lotherton Hall in Aberford will see a centrepiece “coastal zone” featuring penguins and flamingos, and the creation of an “Africa zone” with a new mongoose exhibit in a themed Masai village. Temple Newsam’s Home Farm will get a new indoor play area with a café and shop.

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