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Adventure Course Tests Problem-Solving Skills in Queens

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If you're looking for an outdoor activity with a little adventure, you can go to Queens for a workout that's far more than just a walk in the park. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

The climb is physically demanding, but some on the Adventure Course at Alley Pond Park find it even tougher mentally, especially when they have to take this challenge, which is called the leap of faith.

"I didn't get nervous until I got to the top and realized I'm pretty high up and that's when my heart started racing," one participant said.

The course has many rope challenges, a rock wall and a few high flying adventures.

"We have something called swing-shot where you have a team of other people that you're with haul a rope, pull you up and then we release you. You go for a big giant swing," says Adventure Course staff member Stacey Jahn.

The Parks Department says this course is the first of its kind in New York City and the largest in the metropolitan area. Many park goers are often surprised to see something like this in Queens.

"It's definitely special. You think of New York all the time as cars, noise all the time and you come here and it's beautiful and peaceful. You get to just have a really crazy experience," said another participant.

The course is designed to promote team building and problem–solving skills.

This group of educators came from the Mott Haven Charter School in the Bronx.

"Everybody's goal was different but we each pushed ourselves to get through whatever that goal was which was very inspiring and I liked how encouraging everybody was," said one educator.

The course is open seven days a week. It's only free to the public on Sundays, but there's a special offer coming up.

"Every summer at the end of August we offer what we call a 'stay-cation,' which is basically a few days around that holiday and the members of the public can come and do a free program with us," says manager John McCoy.

For more information about the Adventure Course or its programs call (718) 217-4685.

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