From now on, the only people going from one location to another at the Lake Geneva Canopy Tours will be the zipliners.

According to Eric Wood and Robert Kirkland, both of whom help run the Canopy Tours, part of the facility used to be located across the street from the main area where people come to zipline and enjoy other activities.

“The business was disjointed,” Kirkland said. “We wanted a place where we could have it all in one.”

And they found this in the form of a new welcome center at their main location.

The center, which was officially opened after a ribbon cutting ceremony last Tuesday, boasts a comfy, indoor space for the organization.

“It’s a multi-use facility,” Wood explained.

Corporate organizations as well as church groups and school children can use the space for meetings or team building exercises, he said.

The building will also help the organization be more prominent year round.

Canopy Tours is already open year round, Wood said. It offers plenty of outdoor activities for adventure seekers in the winter.

The new facility will give winter visitors a place to warm up and also do activities indoors, he continued.

According to Kirkland, the entire project was done by local contractors and local organizations.

Kirkland’s 40 employees are all local, so he said it didn’t make sense to look outside the area for this project.

“We’d rather keep it in the family,” he said.

Jen Gragg graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in English and from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Journalism. She covers county government, crime, the village of Williams Bay and the town of Lyons.