Floating playground

This floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area opened Saturday and will be open through Labor Day.

If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat this Fourth of July holiday, you might consider a drive to Louisville State Recreation Area.

A floating playground at the park, which includes monkey bars, a climbing wall , a dome and other obstacles, opened Saturday. It will hold three 90-minute play sessions at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. six days a week through Labor Day. It will be closed on Tuesdays.

The park is about a 30-minute drive southwest of Omaha.

The playground, which opened last summer, hasn’t changed much since then, said Jerry Kane, a public information officer for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The only change this year is more space at the playground’s entrance and exit.

Game and Parks did not have any official attendance numbers from either this year or last, but, according to park superintendent Matt Sutton, the park was “very busy” last year and “is doing well so far this year.”

Tickets will be sold in-person only at a kiosk near the playground, starting 30 minutes before each session.

Tickets for those 13 and over are $18, and for those between 6 and 12, tickets are $13.

Guardians must sign a waiver for participants under age 19, in-person and at the park. Lifeguards will be on duty.

Every vehicle entering the park is required to have a park permit.

The improvements are part of the Venture Parks project, which has expanded activities at Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park and Schramm Education Center.

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