An agreement between the City of Oldsmar and Empower Adventures of Tampa Bay will see a 20-acre zipline adventure park built at Mobbly Bayou Preserve.
The Oldsmar City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Empower Adventures of Tampa Bay to build a zipline aerial adventure park at Mobbly Bayou Preserve on Tuesday night.
The deal paves the way for the Clearwater based company to construct a 20-acre facility that will feature five ziplines and towers, elevated platforms, a 100-foot suspension bridge as well as other adventure equipment and activities, at, and above, the park. Two of the lines will takes riders over the water, and the park will be staffed by professional guides.
In approving the agreement, which allows the company to lease the property from the city for $1.00 per year for 10 years, with Oldsmar receiving five percent of the gross sales, council members found it hard to contain their excitement over bringing such a unique facility to Oldsmar.
“From Ocala, Orlando and Bradenton, we’re going to be right in the middle, and nobody else has one in Hillsborough, Pinellas or Pasco (Counties), is that correct,” Council member Linda Norris asked.
When Empower Adventures president Dev Pathik replied that was correct, Norris responded by saying, “This is exciting!”
An aerial view of the layout for Oldsmar’s new zipline aerial park. Credit: City of Oldsmar.
According to Pathik, zipline parks are the “fastest growing tourist attractions in the world,” and the one in Oldsmar is expected to bring a lot of activity to the area.
But when Council member Eric Seidel asked how many people he expected at the facility at any given time, Pathik assured the council overcrowding would not be an issue.
An artist’s rendering of the Oldsmar zipline park features. Credit: City of Oldsmar.
“About every 30 minutes, a group of ten people can leave on a tour,” he said. “So if we’re running at maximum capacity…in a really busy day, we might expect 80 people.”
Construction on the park is expected to begin immediately and take 8-12 weeks to complete. Pathik said they hope to open by mid-May, or early June at the latest.
When Council member Dan Saracki heard that, he couldn’t hide his surprise.
“This May? That’s fantastic!” the recently reelected council member said.
After bringing the gavel down on the 5-0 vote, Mayor Doug Bevis had one thing to say: “It’s official!”
Following the meeting, Pathik had this to say about the news in a press release:
“We are thrilled that the city of Oldsmar shares our vision and allowed us the opportunity to develop an environmentally-friendly park that will allow people to experience the thrill and excitement of a unique zip line and aerial adventure park that will change the way they live their lives. Zip line canopy tours are the fastest growing tourist attraction in the world. The public will soon learn how stepping out of the classroom, office or the comfort of their homes will help them deal with fear, anxiety and stress — while team coaching will create leadership and a place for strength.”