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Bristol Mountain hopes to be a year round destination

Canandaigua, N.Y. -- Cold weather and snow has been perfect for skiers and snowboarders.

Bristol Mountain has had a great start to the season, opening over a month earlier than last year.

Im just glad they opened up and had early season snow so that was a treat, said Reggie Henderson of Brighton who was out skiing with his son. Of course now its better, less icy and easier to control.

Winter is the busiest season at Bristol Mountain, but theyre making plans to change that by building an Aerial Adventure Park.

We applied for the Empire State Development Grant in their Market New York Program. Funds for this program are set aside for projects that not only stimulate job growth but create new or enhances existing tourist destinations /attractions. We see this project as not only creating jobs for the region, but also helping create a draw from outside of the region, state, and into Southern Ontario, Canada, said Fuller. These parks have shown to not only enhance existing attractions for their surrounding communities, but actually create these draws.

Last week, Bristol Mountain found out they didnt get the grant, but are still planning on moving forward with the $750,000 project.

We wanted to move the same feeling of family oriented outdoor activities, but really stretch that beyond just the winter into spring, summer and fall months, said Fuller.

The park will have over seven courses, one designed for kids three to seven years old.

[Courses will have] elements that go from platform to platform, tree to tree consisting of rope bridges, zip lines, tire swings, said Fuller. [Were] looking a building a total of seven courses anywhere from 12-15 elements per course.

Work is scheduled to begin in February; the park is slated to open on Memorial Day weekend of 2014.

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