Construction underway at Adventure Park

Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 6:56 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Construction crews are busy at the Adventure Park site.

Kai Evans, Director of Operations for Adventure Park, gave the KCBD Investigates Team a tour of the property on Monday afternoon.

Crews were busy working on the main building and three of the outdoor attractions.

Mike Allen, the site superintendent, said they would most likely complete the Adventure Towers attraction first.

"Adventure Towers is our large playground. It's five towers. They stand from 36 to 72 feet tall. They connect with netting so you don't have to be roped in. Kids can run through it, they don't have to be harnessed in," Evans said.

Adjacent to Adventure Towers is Bumper Bayou, which is a bumper boat pond.

"The bumper boat people finished up on Sunday, so we are just waiting on the flooring and some inspections on that," Evans said.

Customers of the old Putt Putt may recognize the go-kart track, which is getting a facelift.

"We kept the buildings that were part of the go-kart track, but we are rehabbing them completely. We basically kept the frame and the roof of those," Evans said.

"They are putting in new railing, new tire spinners, new fencing," Evans said.

Evans said the update to the track will be solar powered and also include new go-karts.

"Our entire track will be solar lighting. There won't be any electricity on our track, it will all run off of solar. We are looking at doing that for our parking as well," Evans said.

"One thing people don't realize is just the ground work that goes into this," Evans said. "As far as drainage, drainage for the golf course, drainage for the parking lot. So all of those things have taken some time. I know that everyone has been patient and waiting and we are all excited to see the amount of progress that's been happening."

Evans said they will work to construct two 18-hold miniature golf courses.

The main building, which Evans said will take the most time to finish, will include a rock wall, bumper cars, arcade, restaurant and party rooms.

The six acres under construction right now only make up a portion of the property.

Evans said there is more than a dozen acres to the east of the property, which is where guests will enjoy a zip line, ropes course, and bicycle trails.

With construction underway, Adventure Park has started the hiring process.

Evans said they are looking to hire someone in maintenance, an office assistant and a human resource officer.

She said more positions should be opening as they near completion.

Evans said they expect the main building to be complete in the spring of 2019, but hope to open the outdoor portion of the park before then.

"We want to get one of our golf courses in, the bumper boat complete and our towers up because those are in the middle of our site," Evans said.

"We do plan on opening where we've got two phases where we have our outdoor attractions and then our indoor building will open in the spring. We are on track to do that," Evans said.

In the meantime, Evans said they are collecting Putt Putt memorabilia.

"We do have a small area in our facility that will pay tribute to what once was at the site. I know it was a big part of a lot of people's lives. We get that a lot. So we do want to pay tribute to that," Evans said.

Evans also serves as the president of the board of directors for the Lubbock Aquarium, which she said is also making progress.

"We just hired an architect and engineer firm. They are working with several firms here locally, but they are a national firm that have designed lots of aquariums around the U.S.," Evans said.

Evans said the first step will be for Cambridge Seven to start working through the challenges of the site and then create a layout for the aquarium.

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