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Stone Mountain Park”s Geyser Towers Set To Erupt in Spring 2012

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Stone Mountain Park (SMP), Georgia”s No. 1 attraction, recently announced plans to debut its latest attraction, Geyser Towers, set to open Saturday, March 31, 2012.

When it opens, Geyser Towers will bring an all new, must do experience to Stone Mountain Park. The attraction features multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connecting visitors to towering platforms that overlook a gushing geyser. While climbing through the structure, sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots of water will splash guests to keep cool, or climbers can challenge themselves to stay high and dry. The experience is ideal for the entire family as it gives adults ample room and the perfect amount of excitement for kids. As an option for the youngest guests, toddlers can play in a trickling creek while mom and dad relax in the shade.

Geyser Towers will be located adjacent to the Sky Hike attraction in the Crossroads area of the park. The building of this attraction will be the second installation of its kind in the world and the only one in North America to integrate water features. The other similar structure is located at Sea World Australia but does not include water.

“Geyser Towers is the first and only adventure of its kind, combining the challenge of climbing rope nets and the thrill of getting sprayed while laughing with family or friends,”# said Gerald Rakestraw, vice president and general manager, SMP. “Geyser Towers fits perfectly with Stone Mountain Park”s focus on family fun in the great outdoors.”#

Construction will start at the beginning of November 2011. Geyser Towers is set to open to the public on March 31, the start of the Spring Break holiday for many metro Atlanta counties. The project is estimated to cost just under $1 million to complete.

With water conservation in mind, like the park”s popular Snow Mountain attraction, Geyser Towers will use a closed loop system that borrows water from the Stone Mountain Lake and does not use county water. The water goes through a treatment process to make it potable and meet standards suitable for people, similar to swimming pool water.

Geyser Towers access will be included in the All Attractions Adventure Pass. The Adventure Pass wristband allows guests to experience all of Stone Mountain Park”s family attractions such as Sky Hike, the Summit Skyride, the 4D Theater, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, The Great Barn, Scenic Railroad, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and Memorial Hall museum. The best way to enjoy the park all year round is with a Mountain Membership annual pass that pays for itself in just two visits.

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Listed in Frommer”s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See Before You Die,”# Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit No.8 on Hwy 78. More information regarding Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation is available at 770-498-5690 or by visiting www.stonemountainpark.com.