UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Zip Rockford is now officially open for everyone to soar through the skies at Alpine Hills.
The Rockford Park District partnered with EBL Zipline Tours to build the course at Alpine Hills Adventure Park and Golf Center. They were waiting on one last permit from the state. Now that it’s here, we can try one of the five ziplines that range from 175 to 1,000 feet long.
There’s five lookout decks around the course which is open seven days a week.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford's first zip-line adventure park is getting ready to open on the grounds of the Alpine Hills Adventure Park.
The count down started years ago for zip Rockford owner Steve Gustafson who transformed this land at the alpine hills golf course from the *ground up.
"If you have never zip-lined before you will feel a sense of exhilaration. and a sense of flight your off the ground going 30-40 miles an hour," Gustafson said.
Gustafson joins dozens celebrating Rockford's first zip-lining course and more than 50 acre adventure park.
The grand-opening takes new heights as half a dozen of people get to check out the course starting with a pep talk before strapping on the gear and climbing the stairs to base number one.
Kat Valdez and Jacob Linley are experiencing the adventure from a different perspective both are from Rockford and are thrilled to be working in their hometown
"I'm thankful I don;t have to go far," Valdez said.
The course also includes an Indiana Jones style bridge. The five lines range from 175 to 1,000 feet long. As we fly above the trees employees hope the center's reach will extend beyond the Stateline at full speed.
The facility won't officially open for a few days they are waiting on a permit.. It will cost $64 for the longer course.
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.