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Close to Home: Need a solution for boredom?

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By Erin Melwing

News Intern

With gas prices soaring, entertainment on a budget can be a challenge for families. However, just a short drive south on I-71 to Oldham County can be the solution to summer boredom.

Oldham County is home to many attractions, and the Oldham County Aquatic Center and OpenRange Sports are just two of them.

The Oldham County Aquatic Center in Buckner offers guests crystal-clear water, umbrellas for shade, an area for lap swimming, a 150 foot spiral water slide, diving well with one-meter board, zero-depth water for young children, sand, a snack bar, and a well-trained, consistent staff, according to Laura Feese, OCAC director.

“It’s like a vacation day. We understand that when people come here, they come to relax,” Christine Brady, adult on duty, said.

The aquatic center is also conveniently located directly outside Wendell Moore Park which includes 107 acres, picnic shelters with restrooms, basketball courts, two playgrounds, a walking trail and more.

“The summers are so very hot, kids get so very bored and when you come to the pool you can wear your kids out and go to bed early,” Feese said.

The aquatic center staff stresses a family environment. It is filled with things for both children and adults, according to David Nolan, lifeguard. Swimming is a sport for ages one to 101, Feese said.

“I get to meet my friends here,” Britney Ryan, age 9, said. “I like to swim and my favorite thing to do here is to get buried in the sand like I just did today.”

“It’s a clean and safe environment where it’s affordable and fun,” Elizabeth Dale, lifeguard, said.

Upcoming special events at the OCAC and Wendell Moore Park include the annual July 4 festivities which include innertube races, cannonball contests for both men and women, Little Mr. and Miss Patriotic Swimwear contest and games during the day. Fireworks will begin at dark. Call Oldham County Parks and Recreation at 502-225-0655 for more information.

The pool is open Monday through Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for guests ages 13 through 59, $4 for guests ages 3 through 12, $3 for guests ages 60 and up and guests age two and under are free.

The aquatic center is located at 1551 N. Ky. 393 in Buckner. Call the aquatic center at 502-225-0656 for more information.

OpenRange Sports, located in Crestwood, offers guests of all ages and skill levels an indoor reball paintball arena, indoor pistol range, indoor rifle range, classes and training, a Pro Shop and more.

“It’s a place to perfectly sight your rifle in,” Barry Laws, OpenRange CEO, said. “You get a ballistically perfect indoor rifle range which doesn’t exist in more than five locations in the United States.”

The indoor 100-yard rifle range features five stations. Factors such as weather, humidity and wind can usually skew results when owners try to sight their rifles outdoors. When visitors leave OpenRange, their rifle is shooting perfectly since there is no weather inside, Laws said.

“OpenRange has its own little compartments so you’re separate from everyone else and you don’t feel like everyone is staring at you,” Sam Owens, of Crestwood, said.

The 25-yard interactive indoor pistol range features 12 interactive targetry pistol stations. OpenRange also offers interactive targetry which actually makes visitors better shooters, according to Laws. There are even two beginner stations separated by block wall to reduce noise and create a calmer environment, according to the OpenRange web site.

“It’s a great way to spend the afternoon,” Derek Turner, of Louisville, said. “It’s very clean and it’s a lot of fun.”

The 11,000 square-foot indoor reball paintball arena is fun for the whole family, Laws said. OpenRange only uses reballs, reusable rubber balls, which are clean, so players and the facilities do not get funky. Unlimited ammo, a Tippman rental package and hi pressure air tanks are included in the paintball fee for guests.

“The really important thing is that we’re hip and fun,” Laws said.

OpenRange is a very safe, family-friendly environment as well, according to Laws and Turner. Also, OpenRange is perfect for events such as bachelor parties and corporate events, Laws said.

“When visitors shoot on the ranges, they can get assistance,” Laws said. “We’re here to help them become better shooters.”

OpenRange offers safety classes for families and individuals and other classes such as the licensing classes to carry a concealed deadly weapon.

“OpenRange is fun, safe, awesome and it’s a very great experience,” Nicole Templet, assistant manager, said.

People of all skill levels are welcome at OpenRange, according to Laws. There are full rifle and pistol rentals and even machine gun rentals available. Everything needed in order to participate fully at OpenRange is available in the ProShop and on-site.

“It’s something different that you can do other than just going bowling or just going to the movies,” Owens said. “It’s really fun.

OpenRange is located at 6401 Cross Keys Boulevard in Crestwood. For more information and prices, visit www.openrangesports.com or call at 502-243-8282.

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