Adventure Crossing set to open in early March

The new owners of the former Funsville Fun Park & Arcade complex said it will be mid-March before the renovated facility reopens as Adventure Crossing, a family entertainment center that will eventually house an indoor athletic complex and a laser-tag arena.

 

Ed Smith, the lead investor in the project, said Adventure Crossing should open the weekend of March 8-9.

The original reopening date was set for early February when Mr. Smith's local investment group acquired the property from its Michigan-based owner in November.

He said building material delays have forced crews to push back the expected completion date.

"I don't want to open and still have a bunch of stuff unfinished," Mr. Smith said.

The arcade renovation is the first phase of an $8 million project that will include the construction of a 5,000-square-foot laser tag arena on the arcade's east side and a 45,000-square-foot multisports indoor arena with a 32-foot high ceiling.

Mr. Smith said work on the laser-tag arena will begin later this year, with the indoor-sports facility breaking ground in an area north of the arcade in 2008.

Mr. Smith, a former coach for the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club, said he expects that youth and adult sports leagues, such as lacrosse and flag football, will account for 50 percent of use at the sports complex.

He said he has received nothing but positive feedback from the community regarding the improvements and new facilities at the 18.5-acre site near the Interstate 20-Belair Road interchange.

"We're marketing this as a new business," he said. "The building is new, the staff is new, the atmosphere is new.

"It's almost like Funsville didn't exist."

Reach Damon Cline at (706) 823-3486 or damon.cline@augustachronicle.com.

PROJECT BACKERS

The Adventure Crossing family entertainment complex is being developed by a local investor group, Alphatopo LLC. Its principals are:

- Ed Smith, former Procter & Gamble executive

- Michael Welsh, a principal of consulting firm MWelshCo LLC

- Dr. Jewell Duncan, a principal in Sports Medicine Associates of Augusta

- Cary Rivers, the director of development for Westminster Schools of Augusta

- E.L. Clark Speese, an Augusta attorney

 

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