Greenspan collaborates on new Homestead Adventure Golf & High Ropes Park

Greenspan collaborates on new Homestead Adventure Golf & High Ropes Park

Unique attraction transports visitors on a journey through the history of Quinte West in Ontario, Canada.

Greenspan Projects Ltd. has worked with Homestead Marketplace on a new 18-hole adventure/mini golf course surrounded by 16 high rope challenges, featuring scenic views, challenging obstacles, and hours of endless fun for all the family.

Most of us have experienced outdoor adventure golf in our lifetime – yet have you ever combined this with a thrilling high ropes experience too?

Homestead Marketplace – a new leisure destination coming to Quinte West in 2023 – will be doing just this, by bringing adventure attractions to life as part of an exciting new development for business, shopping and leisure.

With tradition at the very heart of everything that this third-generation family-run business does, the Homestead Marketplace group has officially rebranded and broken ground on this latest venture in the Spring of 2022. Now set to become the home of multiple community-focused companies, new Canadian restaurant brands, and a franchise in the Canadian automotive industry, this dedicated adventure attraction will become the ultimate pièce de resistance.

Harnessing history and heritage

The attraction will feature an iconic water tower at its centre, which visitors will marvel at from miles around. The 18-hole golf course will circle this tower, which features a rotating water wheel leading to bridges running over streams, and interactive components– plus a pond with remote control boats for an extra immersive experience.

Each element of the course has been designed with Quinte West’s history at the very heart of the concept. This includes Trenton’s industrious past with themed play surrounding the Trent-Severn Waterway, its lumber-based economy – and even Canada’s military roots to allow visitors to embrace the history and heritage of the site. Visitors will also receive a fun, interactive workbook filled with interesting facts, games, and riddles to complete throughout the course.

New perspectives

For those who want to access all of the action and adventure with an aerial view, visitors will have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable high ropes experience too. Surrounding the golf course and passing through the top of the water tower, this adventurous family-friendly attraction features 16 different suspended rope challenges.

Visitors can test their balance and coordination; all while being connected to a safety harness as they make their way through this scenic course. On the last rope challenge, guests will have the option to take a leap of faith to finish the course.

Building the dream

For Mike and Nickey Eden, owners of Homestead Marketplace, the dream is rapidly becoming a reality to bring this 18-acre community-focused destination to life – breaking the paradigms of traditional shopping.

And the clue is in the word; “destination”. Mike and Nickey envisage the vast space at Homestead Marketplace to provide a community-focused destination experience that will go above and beyond typical shopping experiences – as the addition of the adventure park will tell you.

This also goes above and beyond perhaps a more typical clientele, as Homestead looks to branch out to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to visitors; particularly within the realms of fundraising and giving back to the community.

Mike Eden, the owner of Homestead Adventure Park, said:

“Homestead Adventure Park will be much more than just a place to go with family and friends. Homestead Adventure Park will be a destination for school trips and team-building activities, birthday parties, and most importantly community fundraising events. It’s designed to be competitive fun for all ages and will truly be an exciting and immersive experience – nothing like anything you’ve seen before in our area.”

“The intention of the site is to not just be brick and mortar, but to provide entertainment, a family atmosphere, to host family events and to be able to have a mechanism to host charitable events,” said Eden. “Just to be a hub for the community for food, entertainment, shopping – a destination for us all.”

Creating the concept

Greenspan works collaboratively and closely with clients to bring the concept to life, ensuring projects are designed to cater for every single detail.

Hannah Day, creative design lead at Greenspan Projects Ltd, said: “Working with Mike and the team has been a joy. Their passion and knowledge of their hometown has allowed me to create a concept which is authentic and rooted in the local history and made the process so interesting and enjoyable.

“I love to bring a sense of place and heritage to every concept design, and in the research process for Homestead, I discovered so much local history, including the cinematic legacy of Hollywood North and the rich history of aviation, the armed forces, and munitions industries.

“I had the idea of bringing an iconic, eye-catching water tower to life with a rotating water wheel as the centrepiece of the course, which anchors the story of Trenton told throughout the journey around the mini-putt course.

“Thoughtfully themed props and features help to bring history to life for all visitors, and hopefully can teach everyone something new about the town whether old or young or from near or far.

“The adventure high ropes course and remote-control boating pond enhance and expand the play and excitement offering for all visitors, and tie in seamlessly to the theming of the mini-putt and the waterways and lumber industries of this historic town.”

Watching the magic unfold

It’s not just an exciting time for visitors watching the build take shape with curiosity. For the employees at Homestead Marketplace, it’s a dream waiting to come true;

Audrey Lessard, chief financial officer of Homestead Marketplace, said:

“This is such an exciting time for Homestead Marketplace. There are so many elements of this attraction that will delight visitors and we want this to remain a place that people can really call home. At the heart of everything is the community here – and this has, and always will, remain the focal point for Homestead… and it’s something that I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.”

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Latest Project

Zip World, Llechwedd, Snowdonia

Deep below in the caverns of Snowdonia’s epic historical mines, you’ll find a surprise awaiting the latest adventure seeker…

Enter the world’s first 18-hole adventure golf course in a cave… 500ft below the earth’s surface! Inspired by hundreds of years of slate mining history, this attraction is equally as unique in the sense that it can only be reached by Europe’s steepest cable railway – and is pioneered by industry disruptors, Zip World, and Greenspan Projects Ltd.

Set over four levels, the course features 18 unique holes in total, originating from creative concepts dreamt up by Greenspan’s design team. The course takes visitors on a journey through the cave’s history as they battle each other through a series of interactive challenges. Coupled with immersive special FX, bright and immersive atmospheric lighting displays, rope nets and a slide to eventually exit the attraction, the course is one of a kind and an extremely unique project for Greenspan.

The Zip World caverns have been inaccessible for almost 200 years, so, naturally, Zip World saw an opportunity to create a unique attraction within the depths of these historical slate mines to draw upon the fascinating heritage and history of the site.

Building the dream

Zip World’s co-founder and CEO, Sean Taylor, explained why the new installation is a perfect fit.

“Blaenau Ffestiniog is steeped in history, with the culture of slate mining. It’s literally the town that roofed the world. It’s such an iconic setting, so when we do things, they must be good enough for this site; they must have a wow factor and they must be world-class.

“Also, it’s one of the wettest places in the UK. So, the new adventure golf course provides something that is always open, no matter the time of year. It’s always dry and it’s always the same temperature. People can now come and play 18 holes of adventure golf underground, all year round, and stay dry.”

It was, however, a new direction for Zip World:

“We are an adventure tourism business, combining things like swings, parachute simulators, coasters. Golf is not what we were used to doing. But we always had this hunch that the public would love doing an adventure golf experience underground.”

Greenspan’s approach

As with all of Greenspan’s projects, the idea of bringing something special to the forefront was extremely exciting – and this space in particular made for some pretty imaginative concepts.

Rod Morton, Greenspan’s Managing Director, said: “From the outset, we knew that Zip World were market leaders globally for innovative and one-of-a-kind projects. So, the bar was set high. To start with, we utilised our standard approach with the creative team working up the concept, getting approval for that, agreeing on a budget, then achieving project sign-off and moving into the construction phase.

“The key from here was creating a fully detailed 3D model of the project. We had the cavern surveyed and from this, we could create our 3D model that showed exactly how the attraction would look. This allowed the Zip World team to fully immerse themselves in the design and make any changes required before construction began.”

And that they did: “The fact that the course tells a story is really important, firstly for the community here,” says Taylor. “Generations of people from this area have worked underground, and people have lost their lives here too. It’s also important for me as a local lad; I was born and bred seven miles away from Blaenau Ffestiniog. There’s a huge community buy-in for it.

“Also, there’s already an existing Deep Mine tour, which goes into the history of the quarry. We’ve kept that, it was important that that wasn’t changing. In fact, we’ve enhanced that experience with this new addition.”

Choosing the perfect partners

For such a complex project, Zip World needed to choose the right partners. Speaking about how Greenspan Projects was selected to work on the underground adventure golf course, Taylor says:

“We have known Greenspan for a while, and we knew they would be the right partner for us. Projects like this are not straightforward, so you need to have that flexibility; you need to be able to think outside the box to be able to change things along the way. Greenspan can do all that. They are also nice guys to work with. Our guys got on very well with them, and they worked well as part of the team.”

Launching a world’s first adventure

Since opening this attraction, Zip World welcomed over 600 visitors during its’ first weekend alone. Now a highly sought after adventure and a firm favourite addition to an already amazing portfolio, the sky is the limit with this adventure golf course… or shall we say… the cavern ceiling?

Find out more about the course and how to book tickets by visiting Zip World’s official website here. 

If you’d like to read more about the project within our latest Blooloop article featuring Zip World and Greenspan, click here. 

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