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Scioto Audubon Metro Park Adds Obstacle Course

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The weather is turning cool, but the Scioto Audubon Metro Park wants to keep you outside a little longer this year with the unveiling of their new Obstacle Course this weekend. The Columbus Rotary secured over $100,000 dollars in donations and services for the design and development of the facility.

“This project started in 2012 as one of many services projects celebrating Columbus Rotary’s Centennial Year,” said Columbus Rotary President Steve Heiser. “Fellow Rotarians were enthusiastic and committed wholeheartedly to helping Metro Parks enhance the outdoor amenities at Scioto Audubon that ultimately contribute to the health and well-being of the Central Ohio community.”

The course is free to the public and features nine challenges including a tire run and flip, a tunnel crawl, a cargo climb, a balance beam, a belly crawl, monkey bars, an over/under, a climbing wall, and a log run.

“Thanks to the generosity of the Columbus Rotary, active adults and teens now have another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, challenge themselves while improving their health and, best of all, have a lot of fun,” said Metro Parks Executive Director John O’Meara.

The grand opening of the obstacle course takes place on Saturday, October 26th, starting at 10am.

More information can be found online at www.metroparks.net.

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4 Responses to Scioto Audubon Metro Park Adds Obstacle Course

  1. Jason Powell
    jpizzow October 22, 2013 7:16 pm at 7:16 pm

    Great addition and unexpected but $100,000 for wood, pipes and rope that could have been drawn up on a napkin and built by volunteers!!?? I don’t mean to complain, but when an opportunity comes up to save money, take it. Or am I not seeing a more expensive component in the pictures?

    Also, where is our Frisbee golf course? :) Pretty sure that was near the top of the wish list and it wouldn’t cost too much.

  2. Walker Evans
    Walker October 22, 2013 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm

    Keep in mind that the $100k price includes both actual dollars + in-kind services and donations, which can sometimes be a little inflated. ;) Also, true design costs aren’t cheap, while “back of the napkin” seems like a cheaper alternative, it’s never a realistic alternative for executing.

  3. Josh Miller
    jpunkster October 23, 2013 9:15 am at 9:15 am

    Wasn’t a sledding hill on-tap for the park too? Haven’t heard about that in a while.

  4. OHIOgeneralist October 24, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am

    This is a fantastic addition to the metro parks. Obstacle style races are growing in popularity and now columbus based ROTC and military service members in the DEP will have a place to run an O-Course. It might be an additional libaility, but it would be nice if they added a rope climb and parallel bars.

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