Floating playground like ‘American Ninja Warrior’ course opening soon at Louisville State Recreation Area

Floating playground like ‘American Ninja Warrior’ course opening soon at Louisville State Recreation Area
This floating playground will open within two weeks at Louisville State Recreation Area near Omaha. (NEBRASKALAND MAGAZINE/NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION)

Plenty of Nebraska state parks and recreation areas have playgrounds, but soon kids and adults will get a chance to tackle one on the water.

A floating playground that state officials announced last year will open within two weeks on a lake at Louisville State Recreation Area, about a 30-minute drive from Omaha, said Jim Swenson of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

He described it like an “American Ninja Warrior” course, referring to a TV show where competitors navigate obstacles.

The floating obstacle course at Louisville is among the features of the new Venture Parks program that the commission is rolling out at four parks between Omaha and Lincoln to welcome a new generation of park-goers.

People still want tranquil places where they can have a picnic or fish, but they also want some thrills, Swenson said.

“They want excitement,” he said. “They want adventure.”

The playground, which will be anchored in place, is made from a heavy-duty rubber-like material that is inflated with air, letting people bounce their way along. It will include slides, a trampoline-like dome and steps you can jump across.

Installation is underway this week.

Admission to the playground for a 90-minute session will be $18 for ages 13 and older, and $13 for ages 6 to 12. Life jackets will be required and will be provided with admission. There will be lifeguards.

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