Phase One of the Family Entertainment Center at Regional Park is complete and Phase Two will be starting soon, Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said Monday.
“Granted these are proposals, there may be some differences, but this is our final one,” Ervin told the Regional Park Authority during their regular meeting, as she discussed plans for the FEC.
A rendering for the facility shows the 9,000-square-foot main building that will house a game or arcade area, kitchen and dining area, kids play area, meeting or party rooms and ticket redemption area, but also the outdoor activities. Miniature golf, a family go-kart track, a challenge course and double water wars are all part of the initial plans.
Ervin said they also have included add-ons so they will be able to easily add more elements later on down the road.
Some of the add-ons could include a slick track, geared toward older teens or young adults on up, as well as a zipline, party tree houses and a pavilion.
“There’s going to be windows and a deck and dining area where you can look out and watch the zipline and miniature golf,” Ervin said. “Miniature golf is going to have a water package in it we can add if we don’t do it right off the bat, so you can stay dry or you can play it and get wet.”
The water wars will include a water ballon challenge that involve slingshots, she said.
“You’ve got a team over here and a team over here,” she said, pointing to different areas on the layout of the FEC. “And you shoot these water balloons with like, a slingshot, and then it hits a cage so the balloon doesn’t hit you, but all the water comes down.”
Ervin said they wanted to provide something for every age group, whether it’s pre-schoolers playing in the inside children’s area, teens having fun with go-karts or adults taking to the challenge course for corporate team-building.
The next phase will include design development, which is expected to last from September through November. Ervin said they will also be working on a contractor pre-selection qualifications package from about October through November, construction documents from November through December, possibly do permitting December through January and have bidding in January.
Construction on the Family Entertainment Center is expected to begin in February. Ervin said they are looking at a later summer opening, possibly August 2017. The recreational planning consultants will also be helping with the hiring of key upper-level management to run the FEC.