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Floating Playground

The 130-foot-by-130-foot floating playground at Louisville State Recreation Area is part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Venture Parks concept.

The inflatable playground at Louisville State Recreation Area only looks a little like a floating bounce house.

“It’s more than that,” said park superintendent Matt Sutton. “There’s a variety of things."

Like trampolines, towers, hurdles, domes and a half-pipe. A wiggle bridge, flip tube, monkey bars, rodeo slide, climbing structures and something called a roundabout.

The 130-foot-by-130-foot playground — held in place by nearly 60 1,100-pound anchors — officially opens Wednesday, but the park 40 minutes northeast of Lincoln has hosted a series of soft openings since installing it earlier this month.

The verdict: Kids love it. Grownups are worn out by it.

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“The adults have said they’re getting a real good workout,” Sutton said.

The floating playground was installed in Lake No. 2, where the depth ranges from 20 to 25 feet. So life jackets are mandatory (and provided), and users must know how to swim. Lifeguards will be on duty.

A 90-minute session costs $13 for kids 6 to 12 and $18 for guests 13 and older. The sessions begin at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The playground will be open daily through Aug. 12, and then only on weekends.

The playground is part of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Venture Parks concept, a public-private partnership designed to draw new state parks users. The $35 million initiative includes glamping cabins and a spray park at Platte River State Park, and a treetops ropes course and climbing wall at Mahoney State Park.

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