Floating playground

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

Hundreds of adults and kids splashed at a floating playground that opened this weekend  near Omaha.

Attendance was good for the first weekend of the attraction on a lake at the Louisville State Recreation Area, about a 30-minute drive from Omaha, said Bill Oligmueller of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He said about 200 people used the playground over the weekend.

The playground, which is anchored in place, is made from a heavy-duty rubberlike material that is inflated with air, letting people bounce their way along. It includes slides, a trampoline-like area and steps that people can jump across.

The commission has described it as being like an “American Ninja Warrior” course, referring to a TV show where competitors navigate obstacles.

The playground will be open daily through Aug. 12. After that it will be open on weekends through Labor Day. The playground will be open on the holiday.

Admission to the playground for a 90-minute session  is $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  are certified lifeguards on duty.

The floating obstacle course at Louisville is  part 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 parkgoers.

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