As warm weather rolls in and temperatures continues to rise, Grand Vue Park is gearing up for the crowds who will want to enjoy sunny summer days in the park.
"This is the time people starting thinking about doing things outside," General Manager Craig White said. "People are out walking everywhere. It's been so beautiful outside."
According to White, visitors can expect several changes when they visit the park, including newly paved parking lots and roads that will make it easier for motorists to climb the park's many hills. White said fans of the zipline will especially appreciate the paved road up the steep hill to the zipline base camp.
Photo by Sarah Harmon
Tyler Self, staff member of Grand Vue Park, tests the park’s zipline Friday before a tour.
An expanded zipline will also attract more visitors to a favorite park activity. A new lower line has been added to accommodate children weighing at least 40 pounds and people with disabilities, White said. Instead of climbing almost 100 steps to get to the original zipline, people will be harnessed to the zipline on the ground and will be raised with a hydraulic lift before flying down the line.
White said the park aquatic center is now open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week. It features a recreational pool and a "splash ground area." Swimming lessons for beginning swimmers will be offered in the mornings Monday through Friday.
"Now is the time the pool starts to pick up," White said.
A new gift shop at the golf course offers candles, soaps, T-shirts, water bottles and Fostoria glass with Grand Vue Park logos, and the snack station now offers an expanded menu to delight "all palettes," he noted.
The mountain biking course has also been reconstructed and is open for cyclists. According to White, the 6-mile loop had to be redone during the park's paving project, but it is now ready for public use again. Group mountain bikers gather Mondays and Thursdays starting near the banquet hall.
The park will offer several new activities this summer including "paint and sip" classes at the pool club room for budding artists beginning in June. The classes will be taught by an artist from Moon River Studios.
Families can see movies and concerts at the park starting with "Madagascar 3" on June 13. The band Bridges will play June 6 at the zipline base camp. Auto enthusiasts will enjoy several car shows throughout the season in the golf shop parking lot.
"We try to be something for everyone," White said. "Our biggest goal is to be extremely clean and to be here for everyone in the area."
For more information on any activities, call 304-845-9810.