NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The city of North Myrtle Beach is going ape. Today, officials finalized a proposed lease that will allow Go Ape and the city to enter into a lease agreement.
There was a special city council meeting to discuss bringing the award-winning Treetop Adventure course experience to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Go Ape will allow participants to explore some of the 162 acre park's forest canopy and its 25 acre freshwater lake from 50 feet up in the trees. Participants are trained before released into the forest. They are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabiners.
The Department of Parks and Recreation have been in negotiation with Go Ape to lease a portion of the park and sports complex in order to operate a high ropes and zip-line adventure course, in the wooded area near the lake. The term of the lease will be carried out from the date of execution until December 31, 2019.
For the initial year, Go Ape's rent to the city will be based on the percentage of gross revenue generated from the company. Construction of the course will begin on schedule at the end of June, to prepare for an August 2014 open. The second and final reading of the ordinance will occur during Council's regularly scheduled July 7 meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.