Oklahoma Leaders Welcome State's Newest Tourist Attraction

Thursday, May 22nd 2014, 10:04 pm
By: News 9

The Governor, the Mayor, and the King helped open Oklahoma's newest tourist attraction Thursday afternoon. The Boathouse District's Zip Line officially opened for business.

The 700-foot-long zip line launches from an 80 foot tall tower on the North side of the Oklahoma River. Governor Mary Fallin, Mayor Mick Cornett, and Coaching Legend Barry Switzer were the first three to cross. Cornett needed help getting all the way across, because of high southerly winds.

"I think you're supposed to curl up in a ball a little bit," he laughed afterwards.

Boathouse District Executive Director Mike Knopp says designers are still working out the kinks, but he says the zip line ride is totally safe.

The zip line launches from what's called the Sky Trail System, which also offers what's a called a rumble drop—which is basically a free-fall, a series of tight ropes, and America's tallest slide—that isn't in a water park.