(Nov. 11, 2016) — The Rain Forest Adventure Project in Emilio Wilson Park, St. Maarten started a new phase on Saturday when a heavy-duty helicopter, flown in from Atlanta, Georgia, delivered about 156 cubic yards of concrete on the summit of Sentry Hill for the construction of the ski-lift and zip-line attractions.
The lift system will be supported by 15 towers, the foundations for which are under construction.
More than 50,000 pounds of steel rebar had been carried from the top transfer station to the summit by some 20 workers for the foundations, and on Saturday, the helicopter started to pour concrete on the mountain, which needed three days to cure. Then, it will take another eight days of flying ski-lift parts, the giant bull-wheels, steel and lumber up the mountain.
Each chair on the ski-lift carries four passengers and 1,000 people per hour can be transported.
Lift number one is 790 meters in length with a vertical rise of 251 meters and lift number two 138 meters with vertical rise to 196 meters.
The Flying Dutchman Zip-line is 780 meters in length, a drop of 300 meters, and will be the steepest in the world with a 41.5 per cent slope. Initially, it will start as four zip-lines in one but has the capacity to be increased to eight, if demand warrants it.
For the less brave, family-friendly, low elevation zip-lines will also be available. The Rain Forest Adventure Project is on track for an opening in June/July 2017.
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Photo caption: New phase for Emilio Wilson Park, St. Maarten