UPDATE: Zip Rockford Begins Construction

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Construction is beginning on a brand new zip lining course which will be one of the cheapest attractions of its kind near Rockford.

Wooden poles and metal cables are being installed at Alpine Hills for Zip Rockford. The five-run, hour and a half tour will give visitors the opportunity to soar hundreds of feet while hoisted over fifty feet in the air. The tour will be $64 for people in Park District service areas and $89 for everyone else. Although those figures sound like a lot, when compared to companies closest to the Stateline, Zip Rockford is actually on the cheaper side.

“Right now when you hear zip lining tours, you think of Florida or you think of the mountains out west in Colorado or you think of Hawaii and Alaska. Now you have one of the state of the art zip line tours right here in Rockford. You don't have to travel a day in an airplane and you don't have to drive two hours to get to it. It's right in your backyard,” said owner Steve Gustafson.

Zip Rockford says they plan on opening September 24th and if you buy tickets before the ribbon cutting, they’re even cheaper at $49. You can visit ziprockford.com for more information.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Park District is trying to bring in a year-round activity center to the former Alpine Hills Golf Course on Larson Road.

Plans are in the works for a winter toboggan chute and possible zip-lining in the summer. The organization is looking for an outside vendor to fund and create a local course. The rest of the center will open next year.

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