New ropes course approved for development along Bagnell Dam Strip

LAKE OZARK, Mo. -- There are plenty of bars up and down the Bagnell Dam Strip. It's the place to be for nightlife - especially after a long day on the water.

There are several different shops for those who need some retail therapy.

But, aside from the local favorite Dogpatch Arcade and Lake Escape, the Strip isn't always family friendly.

There used to be "Batting cages, water slides, bumperboats..."

But it all sits in disarray on abandoned property.

"All the old stuff, like the mazes they used to have, there used to be all kinds of neat stuff, and they just kind of let it go," said Lisa Small of Greentop, Mo.

George Tucker, a local business developer decided that needed to change.

"From about here up, there's a lot of kids. From here down, more restaurants and bars. We're right in the middle so we can capitalize on getting those families in this area," Tucker said.

To bring more families to the Strip, Tucker is building a brand new, four level ropes course, like what you'd see on a cruise ship.

"It's going to go up about 50 feet, and it cantilevers over the top of this T-shirt shop here," Tucker explained. "It's got 25 different elements, different obstacles."

Underneath the ropes course, will be a dining patio with a walk up concession counter and bar.

"You can sit there and see, if your kids are up there you can see them," Tucker said.

Now that the city has approved the plan, Tucker says he hopes to have the ropes course built and opened in just about nine months.

"The plan is to have this thing operational by St. Patrick's Day Weekend 2020."

As far as safety goes, Tucker said you have to be at least four feet tall to climb the ropes course, and climbers will attached to a harness that can't be opened without the operator's key.

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