High-Flying Start to July 4th Weekend

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2011

Contact:          Warrick Hubbard
Phone:           
604.902.1177
E-Mail:           
warrick@ziptrek.com

Contact:          Elton Pon
Phone:            
415-831-2782
E-Mail:            
elton.pon@sfgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO- Former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department day campers kicked off the Fourth of July weekend in style today by zipping 80 feet in the air and 680 feet across Justin Herman Plaza.  The new zipline is a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and Ziptrek Ecotours.

“I’ll try anything once,” said Brown.  “But I cannot get enough of this zipline. I’d do it all day if they let me.”

Ziptrek Ecotours operates ziplines in Whistler, Canada, and Queenstown, New Zealand, and its zipline in Vancouver was a feature attraction during the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Ziptrek was voted Best Adventure Travel Tour and an Environmental Business of the Year in Whistler.

“We’re ecstatic to be back in spectacular San Francisco, in this ideal location,” said David Udow, co-owner of Ziptrek Ecotours.  “The zipline is perfect for virtually all ages—families and adventure seekers alike will be able to experience the thrill of ziplining in an urban environment.  Everyone should come out and give it a try—this very unique experience is bound to create some lasting memories.”

Campers from the Recreation and Park Department’s extreme recreation camps joined in the fun.  The Department offers a variety of extreme recreation camps ranging from surfing, skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing and shark fishing.

“That was awesome!” exclaimed camper Chase Becerrill, who went down the zipline upside down.  “I knew Rec and Park camps were great, but this is the best.”

The zipline follows a successful month-long pilot at Justin Herman Plaza last April.  The current zipline runs through summer and costs $29 to ride.

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