Adel Parks and Recreation Department cuts the ribbon for new zipline at Evans Park
The Adel Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted a ribbon cutting event on Oct. 6 for its new zipline located at the south end of Evans Park.
The idea for the zipline first came after City Councilwoman Shirley McAdon’s grandson visited a similar amenity with his cousins at a park located in Ankeny. McAdon says that the new zipline fits right into the mission of the Adel Parks and Recreation Department, which she says is to provide the community with high quality leisure facilities, recreational opportunities and cultural opportunities.
“[My grandson] loved it and sent me a video of him riding and wrote ‘Gramma, we really need one of these in Adel,’” McAdon said. “Well, of course, grandparents want their grandchildren’s dreams to come true, so I got right on it.”
McAdon first spoke with the Adel Parks and Recreation Director, Nick Schenck, who then contacted the Ankeny Parks and Recreation Department and received a quote for the cost of installing a 100-foot zipline. A proposal was also taken to both the Adel Park Board and the Adel City Council. Schenck said that it was determined that Evans Park would be the ideal location for the new zipline because of its 14 acres in size and centralized location.
“I am excited that it has been such hit. The zipline has had on average 20-25 users per night so far during the first 6 days since it has opened,” Schenck said. “The zipline will be open all year round. The zipline area is 125’ long and close to 30’ wide. There is a weight limit of 280 pounds on the unit, and we recommend only one user at a time.”
With a total cost of the project close to $20,000, funding for the new zipline included contributions from local community service organizations, companies and individuals. Some of these organizations included the Adel Rotary Club, McClure Engineering Company, the Adel Lions Club, the Adel Kiwanis Club and Cramer and Associates, Inc. A grant of $2,500 was also awarded from the Dallas County Foundation and the city of Adel funded the installation labor and materials.
“The amenities in our parks are important contributors to the high quality of life we want all to experience in Adel,” McAdon said. “The zipline will draw more children outdoors to use the parks, to increase physical activity and to increase family use of the parks by providing age-appropriate features and equipment for the whole family.”
Tuesday’s ribbon cutting event included donors for the project, members of the Adel Parks and Recreation Department, city staff, council members and the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Board. Community members were also encouraged to watch the event remotely through the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce Facebook Live.
Now that the new amenity is open to the public, McAdon is most looking forward to the smiles on the faces of all the children who will enjoy the fun of zipping down the zipline.
“Health issues related to obesity that include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis and obesity-related cancers are increasing,” she said. “It’s not enough, though, to recognize that children need increased physical activity, it has to be fun."
"In competition with electronic games and other indoor pursuits, this zipline offers new experiences for kids that compete in sports and those that don’t," McAdon added. "Since the zipline seat is not far off the ground and appropriate materials under the zipline are maintained, riding the zipline is safe, active and fun.”