ACROPARK

Part of the ropes course at Acropark, Breña Alta, La Palma
Part of the ropes course at Acropark

A new adventure playground has opened in Breña Alta, up in the pine forest, quite close to the barbecue site at El Pilar. It’s called ACROPARK, and they have three circuits for different ages and daring, from the kids’ circuit with 13 activities, where you’re never more than a metre off the ground, to the senior one with 20 activities, where you get as much as 7 m up.

The staff member demonstrating how to have fun safely
"And you always, always have at least one of your clips on the lifeline."

Whichever circuit you do, you’re provided with a lifeline, and safety clips, so that you can’t possibly fall.

The first thing they do, is to take you on the training circuit to show you how to use the safety equipment – always have at least one clip on the lifeline, and if they’re on the same lifeline, have them clipped on in opposite directions, so you can’t accidentally unclip them both at once.   They also mention the weight limit for the lifeline – 600kg (roughly 92 stone). And then you do three easy activities to practise.

The two easier circuits also provide reasonably photo opportunities from ground level, so you can immortalise the kids’ adventure.

Rope walk, Acropark, Breña Alta, LaPalma
Part of the rope walk, Acropark
Young girl on the zip line
A young girl demonstrating the "zip" in "Zip-line"

 

I haven’t tried the senior circuit yet (but I plan to). The junior circuit was enough to get my adrenaline going.  You go across rope bridges, balance on swaying logs (I was reassured by the safety harness), through a rope tunnel, and across zip lines.    I had a great time, as did my son, but once poor woman ahead of me had an attack of nerves and couldn’t face the zip line at first. My only problem was a lack of strength in my arms – I need to get a little fitter before tackling the senior route, but I’m really looking forward to it.

 

 

 

 

Prices, (valid until Dec 31st 2011)

Non residents Residents
First circuit 2nd circuit (repeat) First circuit 2nd circuit (repeat
Kids (80cm or taller) 6.50€ Gratuita 4.50€ Gratuita
Junior (120cm or taller) 14€ 6€ 9.50€ 4€
Senior (140cm or taller) 4€18€ 9€ 14€ 7€

They have reductions for groups of 5 or more
Contact Leticia González leticia@acropark.es, Telephone: 674193628

Their webpage is http://acropark.es/lapalma/ (in Spanish only at present)

A very blurred photo of the author whizzing past, Acropark, Breña Alta, La Palma
Me, whizzing down the final slide.

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