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Construction is set to begin in August on a game park and sports bar near Cabela’s in La Vista.

On Tuesday, July 5, La Vista City Council approved a flattening and subdivision agreement on an 11-acre space on Giles Road and Southport Parkway.

One of two projects currently planned for the area, Smash Park, could be completed by early 2023, said Jeff Lake of the Summit Development Company. The 24,000 square foot facility features pickleball – a hybrid, smaller, easier version of tennis – as its main draw, with courts for rent by the hour.

Smask Park will also feature cornhole, shuffleboard, bocce ball, foosball, table and arcade games, as well as party rooms, TV sports and pub-style food. Games and courts are located outdoors and indoors. Other Smash Park facilities hold eight-week league games throughout the year for pickleball, cornhole, and darts.

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Smash Park — which includes an adult-only area among family activities — has locations in Des Moines and Pella, Iowa, and another planned in Minneapolis in addition to La Vista.

The other project, a 150-room Home2Suites hotel project, is still in the planning stage. Lake said a Georgia-based company is completing other hotels and plans to start work next year if possible.

Trail contract awarded

The La Vista City Council also awarded a contract to Hawkins Construction of Omaha for the Applewood Creek Trial project.

The $2.2 million joint venture with the Nebraska Department of Transportation is nearly a mile long, running from the 7600 block of South 101st Street to the 8400 block of South 103rd Street.

The project will connect to two existing trails in the Portal Greenway and will include a pedestrian bridge over the creek. Federal funds through the NDOT will be 80% of the cost, and the City of La Vista’s 20% matching will end up around $450,000.

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