VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach's City Council has approved an expansion of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center that will include a zip line and a coastal conservation garden.
The aquarium plans to partner with Connecticut-based Outdoor Ventures Group on the aerial adventure park.
This phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by mid-June 2014. It will include a children's climbing tower and an aerial park with 12 trails. The trails will have six levels of difficulty.
The conservation garden, which will be located beneath the aerial park's course, is scheduled to open in fall 2014.
Media outlets report that the council approved the expansion on Tuesday. The city owns the land and the aquarium owns the exhibits and animals.
Lynn Clements, the aquarium's executive director, told the council, that the aerial adventure park will be the largest in Virginia. She called it "the perfect blend of fun and conservation education."
The Navy, which owns property adjoining the planned course, has given preliminary approval to the project, she said.