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has to be profitable. And it turns out, if you build with respect for nature, it’s even more profitable for the operator.

but I think net adventures are really the future.

Funcha! installations like this net adventure at SkogSprett in Norway aim to bring whole families together in nature.

API: ARE OPERATORS AND PATRONS BEGINNING TO

RE-EMERGE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING ONCE THE PANDEMIC HAS PASSED? Kees-Jan: I’m not sure how it is in America, but I think it’s the same as here. People are really bored of the pandemic. Hotels are closed, restau- rants, everything is closed. People want to go out. You see a lot of people hiking, running, any outdoor outing. Last year some of our clients had their busiest year ever if they could open, but not all of them were able to. We’re doing a special project in the UK. It’s going to be six or seven big projects in one go. It’s a ropes course, a big net adventure, it will have power fan jumps, and a big airbag jump. As part of this project, we are going to be tested through the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS), an engineering certification process. We will be checked on all of our engineering before we do anything or complete any fabrication. They also review quality, health, and safety during the build. And once the build is finished, they will certify the build site. That certification is the high-

API: YOU DO A LOT WITH NETTED ADVENTURES AS OPPOSED TO RELYING ON BELAYS. HOW DID THAT DEVELOP? Kees-Jan: Netting is very popular at the moment. About four years ago, I was in France and saw my first netted instal- lations. The same thing happened as when I saw my first ropes course. I said, “Wow, this is nice, however, we’ll do it with less impact on the environment. We are going to develop an installation that is profitable for operators, with

underground environment. This project turned out to be really interesting.

We built a 20-meter-high steel tower, which is completely surrounded with big nets and tunnels connecting the nets to one another. It was really dif- ficult, because we had to drill anchors into the wall of the quarry, which re- quired some complex engineering and someone who was familiar with stone

“A zip line is for a person, but an attraction park is for a family. I think that’s really the trend for the future. ”

limited harm to nature.” We’ve built installations here in the Netherlands, in Norway, in Canada, and the UK. We did a really nice project in a quarry in the south of the Netherlands—an indoor, artificial structure that fit the

and reinforcements and vent areas and working in the dark, and with the bats. There were a lot of bats. We have quite a few net adventure projects in the pipeline. We still do zip lines and ropes courses for operators,

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