Obstacle Course Taking Shape Downtown

Obstacle Course Taking Shape Downtown
The obstacle course, pictured under construction Tuesday, will be located on the old ballfield on 3rd Street. Photo by Shawn Soper

OCEAN CITY — A new ninja-style obstacle course for kids and adults of all ages is starting to take shape at the downtown recreation complex.

The Mayor and Council in February approved a one-year lease with an option for subsequent years for the Woodward WreckTangle obstacle course. The ninja-style obstacle course is being set up in a largely-underused area at the municipal park complex at 3rd Street near the Ocean Bowl skate park. It will open later this month and remain open through much of the fall.

The Mayor and Council approved the one-year lease for $25,000. Woodward opened its first obstacle course in Colorado in 2017 and now has similar obstacle courses in ski resorts in Vermont and Utah, Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, Woodward West in California and at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico. The WreckTangle in Ocean City will be the progressive sports company’s seventh with more locations anticipated.

With 10 obstacles, participants will be challenged as they compete with friends to make it through the WreckTangle. Obstacles are designed to be achievable and fun for kids and adults of any age. With encouraging instructors, camaraderie with friends and the satisfaction of taking on and completing the 10 obstacles will make the WreckTangle an experience residents and visitors to Ocean City will want to do over and over again.

Not only will residents and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the obstacle course in Ocean City, but an app will allow participants to compete in timed competitions with their friends and family, with others in Ocean City or with others at the different WreckTangle courses across the country.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.