Kool Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park in­tro­duces NASA-tested as­tro­naut ride and year-long open­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - YL:FEATURE -

THE KOOL Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park in Ne­gril, with over 15 at­trac­tions, has in­tro­duced such new fea­tures as the As­tro­naut Ride, stand-up pad­dle board­ing, new pri­vate ca­banas and im­proved play and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, all to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence of its pa­trons, while stay­ing open all year.

The new As­tro­naut Ride is one of five in the Western Hemi­sphere, four of which have been in­stalled in the United States of Amer­ica and the other in Trinidad. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Garfield Mun­roe, park de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor of Kool Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park, the new ride con­sists of a hu­man gy­ro­scope ca­pa­ble of spin­ning four peo­ple, head over heels, thereby giv­ing a feel­ing of weight­less­ness as if in outer space.

“The sup­plier of this new, ex­cit­ing ride also pro­vides sim­i­lar rides to NASA for the train­ing of its astro­nauts,” said Dr Mun­roe.

In making the an­nounce­ments, Dr Mun­roe said the de­ci­sion to up­grade its of­fer­ings and keep the park open year-long was taken be­cause of pa­trons’ de­mands for con­tin­u­ous ac­cess to the at­trac­tion.

“As of this month, we will be open year round on Wed­nes­days, week­ends and public hol­i­days. Up to this point, how­ever, we would usu­ally have closed the prop­erty from the end of August un­til May of the following year,” Dr Mun­roe said.

He ex­plained that a ma­jor mar­ket­ing cam­paign has been launched to in­clude new ra­dio and tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ments, as well as the in­stal­la­tion of bill­boards in Lucea, Kingston Man­dev­ille and Ne­gril, to pro­mote the all-year open­ing.

“We prom­ise more ad­ven­ture and more ‘wow’ for the dol­lar,” is the mes­sage in the new ad­ver­tise­ments.

The Kool Run­nings Ad­ven­ture Park is lo­cated on Nor­man Man­ley Boule­vard in Ne­gril, West­more­land. It was set up in 2007 and fea­tures state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties with ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors to the is­land and lo­cals alike. Email: info@kool­run­nings.com

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