Sorry, Riverfest-goers: You won’t be able to glide across the Arkansas River this year.
The zipline, which had been a part of Riverfest since 2011, will not be returning for 2017, according to festival organizers.
The ride, a popular attraction for festival-going thrill-seekers, allowed riders to zipline across the Arkansas River – for an extra fee – just south of the Douglas Street bridge, in A. Price Woodard Park. It was operated by Butler Community College Grizzy Adventures.
The group is no longer doing ziplines, and Riverfest was unable to find another group that could provide a zipline, according to Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication for Wichita Festivals.
“(We) searched all over the country for somebody who would do it,” Mott said. “It’s something that has to be very safe and very professionally managed. If we can’t do it right, then we’ll wait until we can.”
Kelly Snedden, Butler’s director of college relations and marketing, said Grizzly Adventures restructured after last year’s Riverfest, resulting in a staff reduction and a focus on on-campus activities in lieu of events like Riverfest.
Festival organizers say finding a zipline provider will be a priority for 2018.
Until then, your Riverfest experience will remain grounded.