The Michigan Adventure Park at West Bloomfield is located on the Jewish Community Center property and has been open for seasonal adventure since April, 2014. “We locate suitable forests and we go in and construct our Adventure Parks, which are basically platforms throughout the trees at different heights and connecting the platforms with challenge bridges,” said Tony Wellman, communications director for Adventure Parks of Outdoor Adventures.
The park is essentially an obstacle course in the trees and includes climbing, zip lines and combinations of the challenge bridges and zip lines. The West Bloomfield park has 10 aerial challenge trails, which are color-coded, with purple — the easiest — being a 12- to 20-foot-high course, and double black diamond — the most difficult — being 55 feet in the air.
Who We Are
Outdoor Ventures Group, LLC (OVG) designs, builds and operates Aerial Forest Parks. Established in 2008, OVG was inspired by adventure parks located in Switzerland and the desire to create an outdoor experience that connects people with the great outdoors. Today we are committed to promoting active enjoyment of the outdoors through the development of Aerial Forest Parks and Rope Courses. A place where you can appreciate nature while engaging in activities that are fun, challenging, build confidence, and are good for your health.
About the Aerial Forest Park Model
The Aerial Forest Park (AFP) is a new concept in the U.S., but in Europe (France, Switzerland, England, Austria, and Germany) it has become a very popular experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Families, friends and individuals are involved in healthy outdoor activities, building strength, endurance, and confidence. They provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of nature. These parks contain aerial trails made of small platforms constructed at various levels in the trees. The platforms are connected by different types of bridges (that represent obstacles) and participants, using safety harnesses, maneuver from platform to platform. The parks operate with virtually no negative environmental impact and the trees (our most important assets) are well cared for and protected.
“We maintain the forest. A healthy forest is good for our business and nature,” Wellman said. “Our message is really all about people getting out in the outdoors, recreating in the outdoors, playing and getting in the fresh air.”
Ecotourism focuses on responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability. It places great importance on environmental awareness, respect for nature, and empowerment of local people, corporate responsibility, creating positive experiences, whilst aiming to provide financial benefits for both businesses and local communities. All of these goals and outcomes make a ropes course park a very ecofriendly and sustainable business.