Groton Economic Development: Thrill Seekers Reach New Heights

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Bertucci is the owner of TreeTrails Adventures, a Pennsylvania company that operates three aerial parks in that state and provides various services to other aerial park operators. Her company had done inspections for Fields of Fire, so when it became available late last year, she seized the opportunities offered by the already developed site. The opening day of the season was April 15.

“More people now want to get out and be active outdoors,” Bertucci said. “And you can’t do better for visibility than being able to see us from I-95.”

For its first year, the park will offer five trails on its 50 acres encompassing more than 70 different elements, which are the means by which participants travel from platform to platform through the trees.

The color codes, from yellow to green to blue to black diamond, designate the skills and athletic level needed to hit the trails. The trails are self-guided, crossing cable and rope bridges of varying construction and difficulty, and are designed to Association for Challenge Course Technology standards.

“It’s a challenge by choice,” said Clay Kimmi, the on-site manager and a Kansan native whose background is in outdoor education. “You can challenge yourself at any level and in any way you want.”

Beginners can build their confidence and climbing skills on the yellow trails, intermediate climbers will find a greater challenge on the green and blue trails, and the Black Diamond trails are up to 50 feet off the ground and require climbing skills. more technical climbing, balance and higher -body strength athletic ability.

There is also a specially designed trail for ages 4-6 that is low to the ground and allows for guardian supervision throughout. The course is expected to open later this year.

Admission includes fitted harnesses and state-of-the-art climbing gear, and climbers are securely connected to a cable throughout their time in the trees. A material briefing is planned, as well as a training area.

Suggested clothing is sportswear that doesn’t hang down so you don’t get tangled in cables and cords, and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Gloves suitable for climbing are also required, but can be brought from home or purchased locally.

All tickets are sold for blocks of two hours: $59 for adults, $51 for children ages 7-11, and $12 for Kid Trails. “I’m not something that takes all day,” Bertucci said. “You can just make it part of your day.”

Group rates are available, and there’s a dedicated area on site for parties, birthdays and more. TreeTrails Adventures also offers team bonding and team development programs for corporate clients, community organizations, students, teams and clubs.

The main goal of the activities, Bertucci said, is to expose more people to the fun and adventure that can be found above ground and in the trees, regardless of age or skill level. of competence.

“‘It’s just not like anything you do,” she added. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’ve gone very high or not,” she said.” You go off course and say ‘I just did it. “

Kimmi calls the experience “just good for the soul. And if you get a greater connection to nature and the planet in the process, that’s icing on the cake.”

This press release was produced by Groton Economic Development. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.