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Go Ape to bring high ropes adventure course to Williamsburg area

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A Maryland company is bringing its treetop adventure course to the Williamsburg area this spring.

Go Ape will open its second U.S. location at Freedom Park in James City County. The high ropes course will be similar to its course at Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, Md., providing visitors a two-to-three hour experience that includes more than 35 high-ropes obstacles, five zip lines and two Tarzan swings.

“Williamsburg is a very desirable marketing for us from the perspective of its strong local community and the tourism that the region attracts,” says Dan D’Agostino, managing director of Go Ape USA.
He said the course also expects to draw on visitors from Richmond and Hampton Roads communities, as the Rock Creek course typically attracts visitors from up to two hours away.

Construction is expected to begin soon and take four to six weeks to complete. D’Agostino anticipates hiring 12 employees at the Williamsburg location.

In addition to attracting families, Go Ape courses are popular groups from corporations, churches and universities.  “We cater to a lot of different team building groups,” says D’Agostino.

Go Ape hopes to add courses throughout the U.S. Go Ape began in the United Kingdom in 2002 and has 28 courses around the world.

D’Agostino and his wife, Jenny, were living abroad in the United Kingdom when they met Go Ape founders Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew. The couple left their corporate jobs to return to the U.S. and launch Go Ape USA in 2009.


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