By Caitlin Coakley
Discussing features he’s adding for the summer season, U.S. National Whitewater Center Executive director Jeff Wise exuded gleeful optimism.
Of the 40-foot bungee plunge called Mega Jump: “You’ll free-fall, then it’ll catch you the last five feet. It’s pretty cool — It’ll scare the daylights out of you.”
Of the new aerial challenge on the Adventure Course, an obstacle course: “It’s on a continuous belay system, once you’re clipped in, you can route all the way through, walking along a cable with a series of challenges associated with it.”
Wise’s sunny outlook suggests that the storm has passed. In February, lenders forgave two-thirds of the center’s$38 million debt, leaving Wise with only $12.4 million to repay.
But when asked about the center’s financial difficulty, Wise abruptly clouds up.
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