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Construction zips along

Steve Beckley would like to think about all he’s accomplished in the past 15 months. But with helicopter cranes, 650 feet of cable, 4,300 feet of coaster track and workers from three countries at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Beckley’s got other things on his mind. He’ll reflect later, he said, but “it’s still pretty stressful right now.”Beckley and his wife, Jeanne, owners of Glenwood Caverns, started work on five new attractions for their park more than a year ago when they sought Garfield County approval for the additions. Since then, Beckley toured Europe looking at alpine coaster designs, hand-picked new attractions from amusement conventions and secured financing to pay for it all. The Beckleys’ preparatory work began to show itself to visitors over the past few weeks, even though construction work actually began a few months ago, said Jeanne. Crews at the Caverns this week used a helicopter for the second time to help string 650 feet of cable for a zip line that will take visitors downhill at up to 50 mph. The first time crews used a helicopter was to help build a giant swing that will let up to three riders swing 1,300 feet above Glenwood Canyon. The Caverns has also had a crew from Germany on site to work on the 4,300-foot-long Alpine Coaster. So far they’ve finished about 1,000 feet of the track. They plan to lay 150-200 feet of track per day, said Beckley.The work is ahead of schedule, he said, and weather permitting, should allow the new attractions to open by Memorial Day. For all the work, though, the challenge and stress of opening new attractions isn’t exactly new to the Beckleys. “Compared with getting the cave open and the tram, I’m not as nervous,” Jeanne said.Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent.com


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