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Quarry Park Adventures opens Sept. 15 with excitement

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Chili, cars and ziplines, oh my! Sept. 15 marked the grand opening of Quarry Park Adventures in Rocklin and it was complemented by the chamber’s annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars event. Visitors poured in by the hundreds for the park’s opening and some good chili Saturday.

At 10 a.m., local businessmen and politicians, including State Sen. Ted Gaines, State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and Rocklin Mayor Ken Broadway, lined up to see the grand opening, “This park will be a crown jewel for everyone in the Sacramento area and beyond,”  Kiley said.

The three local politicians were scheduled to race that day on the zip line but the state of California is requiring more documentation from the city, according to Broadway.

“Safety is the top priority of everyone involved in building and operating Quarry Park Adventures,” Broadway said. “The city, its contractors, and park operator have been cooperating with Cal/OSHA to meet state requirements for more than three weeks. Construction of the park elements is complete and all onsite physical inspections have been cleared, but documentation related to machinery making up adventure elements is being reviewed.  We look forward to satisfying the final state requirements and completely opening the world-class facility to residents and visitors.”

Rocklin Councilman Scott Yuill was grateful to see so many happy visitors.

“Seeing so many smiles and hearing numerous positive remarks reminded me how extraordinary Quarry Park Adventures will be,” Yuill said. “It’s the final phase of a downtown overhaul that not only is undeniably unique but puts an end to naysayers over the years cynically asking, ‘Where’s downtown?’  We not only have a downtown, but a new identity founded on the history of Rocklin. Quarry Park and the Quarry District is like no other.”

Rocklin Vice Mayor Joe Patterson also weighed in.

“I really loved the energy brought to the grand opening,” Patterson said. “Given the fact that this is a 100-plus-year-old quarry pit, the state is taking a bit longer than expected to complete its safety inspections. We are so confident that we have offered up Mayor Broadway as the test case.”

All eyes were on Broadway at the ribbon cutting.

The massive crowd erupted with applause after the park was finally declared open.

“My wife, Dreanne, my son, Kenny, and I enjoyed the ribbon cutting for Quarry Park Adventures,” Broadway said. “We are excited to see the elements opening up for use and we truly enjoyed seeing the Quarry Park team members race down the zip line.”

However Mayor Broadway remained confident in his efforts to beat Kiley and Gaines in a non- political race.

“I'm looking forward to my opportunity to race Sen. Gaines and Assembly Kiley on the zip line soon,” Broadway said.  

Live music was playing as visitors lined up for their samples of chili and turkey legs before heading over to Rocklin Road to check out the cool cars lined up through downtown Rocklin.